The RTG 1715 is a DFG-funded graduate program, which is aimed at exploring specific adaptive signaling reactions to defined stress stimuli in a dose- and time-resolved manner. Organisms are continuously facing noxious insults but exhibit diverse reaction patterns. Depending on the strength, frequency and quality of stress increased vitality, stress resistance, damage or degeneration may occur. Studying the underlying molecular mechanisms will allow directed manipulations of the signaling mediators and pathways and may add novel prophylactic and therapeutic concepts in medicine. The RTG 1715 includes research groups of the Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Bilogical Sciences of the FSU and of the Leibniz Institute on Ageing.
As a main goal, the RTG 1715 aims to provide young scientists with insights into the intimate interrelationship between fundamental biological phenomena such as life and death, disease and recovery and the underlying complex molecular processes. The wide spectrum of cellular and organismic models used by the participating groups allows a deeper understanding of the dynamic reaction patterns of biological systems challenged by external insults. In order to reach these goals the study program of the RTG offers a multifaceted series of lectures, meetings, seminars and workshops as well as placements in laboratories of international cooperation partners of the project leaders.