GERONTOSHIELD – Systems biology-driven approach to unravel and revert the mechanisms responsible for poor immune responses in the elderly
A collaborative project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the funding program “Systems Biology for Health in the Old Age – GerontoSys2”

The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Carlos Guzmán, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany. The 6 participants of the consortium are from Braunschweig, Jena, Martinsried, Regensburg, Tübingen, and Wolfenbüttel.

  • Contract period: February 1st, 2011 – January 31st, 2014
  • Grant no.: FKZ0315890B
  • Summary:

The strategic objective of the GERONTOSHIELD project is to draw on a Systems Biology-driven approach to understand the molecular processes affected during immunosenescence, in order to derive (i) global mathematical models describing the involved processes, (ii) a holistic model for flu infections in young and elderly, and (iii) strategies to overcome these processes to establish immune interventions tailored for the elderly.

Further information:
Press release of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI; in German)
Press release of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI; in English)

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