About

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

Launch of new website

On May 4th, 2017 the new website of Old Herborn University was launched. It includes multiple features, such as the possibility to register for events and seminars. In addition,  a range of publications is available, as well as short biographies of OHU foundation members and information to explain microbiota and the microbiome in more detail. The website was developed in cooperation with iTZiT visual technology.

We hope that you enjoy reading it, and we truly appreciate your visit to our site.

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31st Old Herborn University Seminar

The 31st Old Herborn University Seminar will take place on June 22nd, and is entitled: Evolutionary Biology of the Virome, and Impacts on Human Health and Disease.
The program is availabe here.

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