Focus area INFLAMMATION

 

Inflammation is a focus area in Medical Life Sciences as research on inflammatory disorders is a key expertise at Kiel University. Over the last 25 years, Kiel has substantially contributed to findings on chronic inflammation. Several large-scale research units were established, which enables MedLife students to join this interdisciplinary topic in hands-on research.

Chronic inflammatory diseases, many of them autoimmune disorders, are on the rise, from psoriasis to Crohn’s disease. Those diseases drastically worsen the quality of life for millions worldwide and constitute an increasing healthcare burden globally.

In a common scenario, our immune system delivers an overblown immune response to a pathogen attack without termination or mistakes own-body cells for enemies to be eliminated at any cost; chronic inflammation is one of the consequences. Our lifestyle, the environment we live and work in seem to play a big role in the development of those conditions. So-called genetic risk loci render their carriers more susceptible to certain types of chronic inflammation, but whether, when and why exactly a chronic inflammatory disease is triggered in an individual remains often unclear. More research is needed.

inflamed tissueMany people know that chronic inflammation is at the core of Crohn’s disease or psoriasis, but there are also diseases whose inflammatory com-ponent has been discovered only a few years ago, take Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes or Parkinson’s disease.

Various types of cancer may also develop from chronically inflamed tissue. Consequently, several inflammatory disorders have been classified as pre-malignant conditions. Taking all this into account, it’s not difficult to imagine why inflammation is such a central topic in (bio)medical research today.

In Kiel, you are in good hands when choosing INFLAMMATION as your focus area: Kiel has been an international inflammation-research hub for nearly two decades. Inflammation is investigated in high-level research networks and projects connecting major national and international research institutions and experts, providing the opportunity for MedLife students to get first-hand insights into state-of-the art approaches:

The focus area INFLAMMATION is closely linked to all those institutions supporting students in their research activities.