The Old Herborn University promotes science and research. In particular, we are dedicated to improve the understanding of host-microbiota interaction for the benefit of human health. In this field of expertise, the Old Herborn University:

  • Identifies gaps in current knowledge;
  • Develops new directions in research;
  • Executes its own projects and actions;
  • Translates new evidence for clinical applications.

In addition, we actively encourage:

  • international scientific collaboration to enhance research and theory in the field of medicine, biomedical and life sciences;
  • the organisation of relevant international scientific symposia;
  • the worldwide exchange of knowledge on host-microbiota interaction;
  • the granting of allowances for projects that fit the OHU objectives;
  • the award of grants, allowances or similar payments for the promotion of (advanced) training of young academics;
  • the cooperation between organizations and institutions that have similar aims as the Old Herborn University Foundation.

What are microbiota?

A vast number of microbes have taken up residence in the human body. These human microbiota include bacteria, fungi and viruses and play an important role in our health.

433 years of history

The Old Herborn University is a non-profit organization with a proven track record and long standing history. Its origins date back to 1584 when John VI founded it as a stronghold of the Reformation.

Latest News

The "Old Herborn University Seminar Monograph 32" is now available online

The “Old Herborn University Seminar Monograph 32” is now available online

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The article “Developmental Effects of Early Life Exposure to Enteric Pathogens and other Environmental Factors” by Dennis Lang is now available on line

This paper was originally presented at the 30th Old Herborn University Seminar in June 2016. Because some of the data presented at that meeting was unpublished, the print version of the presentation was embargoed until those data were published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. As of June of 2018, that has been accomplished. As a result, this article has been updated so as to include that data and current literature citations.

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