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 31" is now available online

The “Old Herborn University Seminar Monograph 31” is now available online

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Seven new "honorary professors” nominated

Herborn. Dr. Volker Rusch (left), founder of the Institute for Microecology in Hörbach, John Bienenstock (high left) of the McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, Peter Heidt (right) of the Dutch Foundation for Microbiology and Gnobiology, and their team held on Friday in Herborn the 31st International Symposium for Intestinal Flora Specialists. Experts from around the world discussed in the aula of the old university the theme “The role of viruses in disease and health.”

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