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European Students' Conference 2011
Award Ceremony

European Students' Conference 2011 Award Ceremony
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European Students' Conference 2011
Lunch Break

European Students' Conference 2011 Lunch Break
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European Students’ Conference 2011

“Perspectives and Challenges in Regenerative Medicine”

European Students’ Conference 2011

“Perspectives and Challenges in Regenerative Medicine”


September 21, 2011


Campus Virchow-Klinikum der Charité Berlin
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin

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700 young scientists from more than 60 countries gathered at the 22nd European Students’ Conference in Berlin on September 21-24. The largest biomedical conference for young scientists and doctors in Europe, the conference featured renowned researchers from the United States, Japan and Germany who were talking about serious illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, cardiac insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease and HIV and report on new treatment approaches to these diseases.

Regenerative medicine seeks to cure a variety of diseases by replacing dysfunctional cells, tissue and organs, for example with the aid of lab-grown tissue or by stimulating the body’s own regenerative and reparation processes. The goal is to find new approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia and cancer or widespread diseases such as diabetes, obesity or coronary heart disease. It is also hoped to be able to apply the principles of regenerative medicine to the treatment of HIV.

Various researchers presented their insights and findings at the conference. Dr. Paula Cannon and Dr. Gero Hütter (keynotes on Sept. 22), for example, independently have shown that T4 helper cells that normally serve as a reservoir for the HI virus, can be immunized against HIV invasion if the CCR5 co-receptor necessary for this process is missing or eliminated. Professor Zimmermann, Professor Sumi and Dr. Petersen (keynotes on Sept 23) focus on tissue engineering. This term refers to procedures to regenerate damaged tissue with the aid of stem cells from the patient’s own body. It may thus be possible in the future to grow entire organs in the lab for transplantation. 

In addition to the lectures, conference participants could participate in sessions and workshops to present their own research and enhance their practical skills. Moreover, they could build valuable contacts with fellow students, companies, research groups and professors. An interactive workshop on career planning has been held in cooperation with the Charité and other renowned research institutes, and the aid organization “Doctors Without Borders” provided information about its work and activities.

The ESC was founded by medical students in 1989 with the goal of improving the scientific exchange between East and West after reunification and promoting the international networking of biomedical sciences, faculties and students. The Schering Stiftung supported the conference because it makes an important contribution to promoting excellent young scientists and helping them build international networks.

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