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Fight Rheumatic Diseases: Annual Meeting of the European Training Network OSTEOIMMUNE

Science and Society Sessions 2014

Fight Rheumatic Diseases: Annual Meeting of the European Training Network OSTEOIMMUNE

Science and Society Sessions 2014


August 30 – September 03, 2014


Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum (DRFZ) Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

OSTEOIMMUNE is an Initial Training Network, funded within the Marie Skodowska Curie Actions of the FP7 of the European Union.

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Inflammatory rheumatic diseases affect millions of people causing chronic pain, disability and premature death. Curative treatments are lacking and conventional research often focuses on one single organ system such as the bone or the immune system and ignores interactions between organ systems. OSTEOIMMUNE is a European supra-disciplinary training network that targets this gap by providing comprehensive, structured and coherent training. This year the annual meeting of OSTEOIMMUNE combines scientific lectures, soft skill training and – as part of the Schering Session “Science & Society – discussions about ethics and communication of science.

The Schering Session, funded by the Schering Stiftung, is a special event during the annual meeting. Dr. Tyrone Hayes, American biologist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a keynote lecture about the area of conflict between scientific research effort and economic as well as political interest. Prof. Hayes is an eminent endocrinologist who has received extraordinary (and not always welcome) attention for societal issues surrounding his work on the influence of atrazines, a class of herbicides on the development of frogs. When his results did not meet the expectations of his industrial collaborators, a stormy debate started, broadly covered by popular media and resolved in court. As a result, Prof. Hayes desires to reflect continually the ethics and consequences of his scientific research as well as the possibilities and limits of scientific communication.

Schering Sessions look at the natural sciences from sociological, philosophical, ethical or artistic perspectives and make it possible for the participants of a scientific event to broaden their view beyond the limits of their own discipline.

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