BIMSB HU Symposium 2019

New collaborations in sight

For the first time as neighbours, scientists from BIMSB and HU Berlin came together at a joint symposium. The conference aims to develop scientific exchange and collaborations between the two institutes.

Researchers from the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) and Humboldt University Berlin (HU) presented the latest research results at a joint symposium on November 25th 2019. The BIMSB is part of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and located on the HU campus near Charité - Universitätsmedizin. The ultimate goal: sharpen and develop plans for scientific exchange. The conference aims to build up new collaborations and joint strategies for funding opportunities between scientists on both sides. 

“We should strive to develop this cooperation further, since it is in our joint interest”, said Professor Thomas Sommer, Scientific Director (interim) at the MDC – an idea also conveyed by Professor Bernhard Grimm, the Dean of HU Berlin. Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky, who heads the BIMSB said that BIMSB is proud to be part of the campus of this famous university.

The symposium

Thomas Sommer during the opening remarks.

The agenda of the joint symposium covered a broad range of topics, from both BIMSB and HU, with 16 invited speakers. Rajewsky shared his work on gene expression in space and time, Dr. Baris Tursun had a lecture on safeguarding the cell fates, Dr. Jan Philipp Junker, who recently was nominated as EMBO Young Investigator, presented the high-throughput lineage tracing, while Professor Ana Pombo presented the architectures of the genome in 3D. Other speakers from BIMSB were Dr. Dario Lupiañez who talked about the reorganization of 3D regulatory landscapes in disease and evolution, Dr. Roland Schwarz who gave a presentation on the cancer evolution, Robert Zinzen who talked about the acquisition of neurogenetic cell fates and Markus Landthaler who presented subcellular mRNA dynamics. From the Humboldt University, the professors Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray, Sebastian Markett, Susanne Schreiber, Caroline Stokes, Marc Erhardt, Christoph-Martin Geilfus, Kerstin Kaufmann and Edda Klipp showed their research involving gene regulation, molecular and stress psychology, homeotic gene functions in plant multicellular development, biophysics and systems biology.

The first joint symposium marks a long and continuous cooperation in systems biology since 2009 between MDC and HU in close proximity to Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The centre of research in Berlin Mitte enables integrative approaches from the molecular to the systems biological level and from the biological basics to patient-oriented clinical research.

Further Information

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