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About us

At the University Hospital Tübingen, the translationally oriented Department of Peptide-based Immunotherapy, led by Prof. Juliane Walz, studies and develops T cell-based immunotherapies for infectious and tumor diseases. Our main goal is to quickly transfer  promising research findings in the field of peptide-based immunotherapy into clinical applications for patients.

As a result, our department includes both  an application-oriented research area, which investigates the mechanisms of T cell-mediated immune recognition of tumors and virus-infected cells via HLA-presented peptides and develops new immunotherapy concepts, as well as a Wirkstoffpeptidlabor, which in a next step produces the peptides for clinical trials.

The innovative concepts are then evaluated in phase I/II cinical trials in collaboration with the Clinical Cooperation Unit (CCU) Translational Immunology.

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Head of Department

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Prof. Dr. med. Juliane Walz

W3 Professor Peptide-based Immunotherapy
Medical Director KKE Translational Immunology

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Anna-Carmen Hentschke

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In recent years, immunotherapy, i.e. the specific induction of anti-tumor immune responses, has revolutionized the treatment of cancer. However, such immunotherapeutic approaches are not yet available for all cancer entities and many patients often do not respond or only respond for a limited time to currently available therapeutic options. Here, peptide-based immunotherapy represents a comparatively low side-effect option for inducing specific immune responses against tumor cells in patients.

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The Wirkstoffpeptidlabor of the University of Tübingen within the Department of Immunology has over 25 years of experience in the production of synthetic peptides. It specializes in the efficient production of small quantities of peptides in pharmaceutical quality for use in personalized peptide vaccination in the context of phase I and II clinical trials. Since March 2012, the active ingredient peptide laboratory has held a GMP certificate from the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen as an active ingredient manufacturer according to § 64 AMG.

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Clinical studies

The peptide vaccines and T cell activators developed and produced in our department are tested in clinical trials here at the University Hospital and at cooperating partner sites. For this purpose, we work closely with the Clinical Cooperation Unit (CCU) Translational Immunology. The direct link between research and therapy enables us to provide our patients with newly developed immunotherapeutic treatment options for tumor diseases and infectious diseases at an early stage and to offer individual immunotherapy concepts.

An overview of clinical trials can be found on the homepage of the CCU.

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Education & Career

As a result of the recent clinical success of immunotherapeutic approaches in oncology, the topic of immunotherapy is becoming increasingly prominent in the curriculum. Therefore, the Department of Peptide-based Immunotherapy participates in numerous courses and curricula of the study programs Human Medicine, Biochemistry, Biology and Molecular Medicine. Thereby, it is important for us not only to create the basic understanding of immunotherapy, but also to convey the specifics of translationally oriented research.

Internships, Bachelor, Master and PhD Theses

The Department of Peptide-based Immunotherapy offers the opportunity to gain insights into basic immunological research and its translational implementation within the framework of internships, bachelor and master theses as well as medical and scientific doctoral theses.

Residents and specialists in rotation

Together with the CCU Translational Immunology, the Department of Peptide-based Immunotherapy offers research-interested residents and specialists the opportunity to gain experience in the development and conduct of clinical trials within the framework of a rotation.

Unsolicited applications

from committed students to carry out their bachelor's or master's thesis as well as for medical or scientific doctoral theses are welcome. We also welcome applications from young scientists with a PhD who are interested in our field of research.


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