Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology consolidates cooperation with Canadian top university

7.1.2013

The Fraunhofer IZI in Leipzig and McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on academic and research cooperation. The objective is to strengthen the German-Canadian relations through the implementation of joint projects in the areas of immunology and regenerative medicine.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.
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Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

(from left) Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich, Director of the Fraunhofer IZI; Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bramson, Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre; Dr. Jennifer Decker, Counsellor Science and Technology, Embassy of Canada in Berlin; Mark Schroeter, Second Secretary, Embassy of Canada in Berlin.
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(from left) Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich, Director of the Fraunhofer IZI; Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bramson, Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre; Dr. Jennifer Decker, Counsellor Science and Technology, Embassy of Canada in Berlin; Mark Schroeter, Second Secretary, Embassy of Canada in Berlin.

In September 2012, a delegation of the Fraunhofer IZI, organized by representatives of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, visited the McMaster University in Hamilton to identify scientific intersections and discuss cooperation opportunities. A follow-up visit of the Canadian colleagues at the Fraunhofer IZI in Leipzig took place at the end of November. Technologies and research topics of the institute were presented in more detail. As a result, further cooperation potential was identified and the collaboration conversations were intensified. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bramson, Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre and official cooperation representative at the McMaster University, and Prof. Dr. Frank Emmrich, Director of the Fraunhofer IZI, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The stated aim is to promote academic collaboration for research, education, and patient care through joint projects, exchange programs and scientific conferences. “We are looking forward to the cooperation and we see high potential in combining the competences of each partner and achieve mutual benefit.” said Bramson. McMaster's vice-president of research and international affairs, Dr. Mo Elbestawi, says the MOU with Fraunhofer IZI signals the first step in what will be a dynamic and long-term partnership geared at research and education. “Capitalizing on our research strengths and collective talents will create unique opportunities through a critical mass of expertise from which all will benefit.” “We are also extending our thanks to the representatives of the Canadian Embassy who have always supported us in identifying excellent cooperation partners in Canada.” continued Emmrich. “It is now our declared aim to further define and develop the cooperation in its content.”