“When cells make wrong decisions, illnesses arise.” This insight comes from Berlin – from Rudolf Virchow, whose 200th birthday the city will celebrate next year. Thanks to Virchow and his contemporaries, Berlin became the home of modern medical research and is still today an internationally renowned health hub that attracts exceptional scientists. However, biomedical innovations and investors tend to be concentrated in and around Boston on the east coast of the United States.
On September 28, 2020, Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Professor at M.I.T. in Cambridge, near Boston; Professor Heyo K. Kroemer, Chief Executive Officer of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; cancer physician and Charité Professor Angelika Eggert; and Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky, Director of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), will discuss why Berlin now has the potential to prove itself as a comparable hub of medical research in a virtual panel with the Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research Michael Müller. Together they will gain a better understanding of where the city stands, what is still lacking and what kind of developments can now be initiated.
Nikolaus Rajewsky, among others, believes that a future vision involving cell-based medicine could provide the decisive impetus. “With the help of the latest technologies, we want to foster medical science that uses the first cellular changes to diagnose diseases and predict the possible course of an illness,” he says. “Then medicine can take corrective action very early on. This makes therapy much easier. After all, waiting for symptoms to occur causes a lot of damage in the meantime.”
Breaking Boundaries: “Virchow 2.0: Berlin’s potential to develop into a very strong bio hub”
Panel discussion, interviews, Q&A:
- Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research
- Professor Heyo K. Kroemer, Chief Executive Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Professor Angelika Eggert, Head of the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Oncology and Hematology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
- Professor Phillip A. Sharp, Nobel Laureate, M.I.T., Cambridge, near Boston
- Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky, Director of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the MDC
Moderator: Jan-Martin Wiarda, Journalist
Time and venue:
September 28, 2020, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
- Large Conference Room of the MDC in Berlin-Mitte / BIMSB, Hannoversche Str. 28
- on Zoom (see below)
Participation and registration:
Anyone interested can follow the event in German or English for free via Zoom. Registration:
Due to the pandemic, the physical participation of journalists at the venue is limited. Please contact us if you would like to attend the event in person to take photographs or audio recordings or to interview panelists. Phillip A. Sharp (telephone, Zoom) and Nikolaus Rajewsky are available for interviews in advance.
„Breaking Boundaries – Bridging Science, Arts, Humanities, Politics, the Clinic & the Public“
Nikolaus Rajewsky conceptualized the event series “Breaking Boundaries – Bridging Science, Arts, Humanities, Politics, the Clinic & the Public.” It began in 2019 with a look back, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of the founders of the Neues Forum citizen rights’ movement, Professor Jens Reich, joined songwriter Wolf Biermann to recall life in the GDR and the radical changes that would soon take place. about caution and fear, encouragement and courage, defiance and the will to change, responsibility and cowardice ended with a concert by Wolf and Pamela Biermann. Now the series continues with the second edition, this time virtual, and a look ahead: the future of Berlin as an emerging medical metropolis.
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