Rudolf Virchow, whose 200th birthday we will celebrate in 2021, made the revolutionary discovery that “diseases are based on disorders of the body’s cells”. The Berlin Charité pathologist first realized that we must understand the inner workings of human cells to diagnose and treat diseases. How right he was, the past decades have shown: we now know that even small alterations in one or a few cells can, following multiple rounds of division and selection, give rise to life threating diseases such as cancer. Dealing with a complex disease like that is difficult, curing often impossible. If only we recognized the alterations early enough, removing the disoriented cell would be an easy fix. Or maybe we could even push it back to health on its original path.
A growing community of scientists and clinicians who have the support of numerous organizations believe that new digital and biomedical technologies will allow us to zoom in further on the origin of diseases. Will this put us at a crossroads to fundamentally revamp medicine and our healthcare systems or is it just a futuristic dream?
Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.
Dr. Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou (Francis Crick Institute)
Professor Stefanie Dimmeler (Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Frankfurt)
Professor Angelika Eggert (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky (Director of MDC’s BIMSB)
Professor Bart De Strooper (Scientific Director of the UK-Dementia Research Institute)
Falling Walls Foundation