Hands under black light: Around 700 pupils learned about immunology at the MHH today, and the RESIST stand was a popular eye-catcher.

Immunology at your fingertips: What do the basics of our immune system actually look like? What is there to know about HIV and congenital immunodeficiencies or about the immune system and infection research? On today’s Immunology Day, organised by the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology of the MHH, more than 700 senior high school students learned interesting facts about the immune system and had the opportunity to talk to experts.

MHH employees from various clinics and institutes offered various activities at the “marketplace” between lecture halls F and N – for example, anyone interested could disinfect their hands at the RESIST stand and then use black light to check which parts of their hands might not have been wetted with disinfectant. This activity was very popular – as was the RESIST quiz on immune cells, where RESIST puzzles could be won.

The students were also able to microscope parasites, bacteria and viruses today and look at macroscopic preparations illustrating the immune system. Other information and discussion stands provided information on topics such as the body’s own defences, HIV, transplantation, stem cell and bone marrow donation and vaccination. In one lecture hall there was a quiz with great book prizes and in two lecture halls there were lectures with short talks on topics such as the basics of immunology, HIV, infection research or congenital immune defects.

The photo shows students filling out the RESIST quiz.