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Meetings 2015

In memoriam Paul Ehrlich

Date:  20th to 21st August 2015

Venue:  Van Swieten Saal, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

August 20th 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Ehrlich, the great German visionary, doctor and Nobel Prize laureate who among many other things achieved groundbreaking discoveries in immunology, targeted therapy, and mast cell research. In his honor, the Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster Oncology organized a two-day meeting to celebrate his greatest achievements.

The first day of the meeting took place in the Van Swieten Lecture hall of the Medical University of Vienna. The programm opened with a session about Paul Ehrlich’s life and discoveries and their impact on science in the 21st century. During the rest of the day, representatives from Vienna’s most renowned biomedical research facilites (including the CeMM, IMBA and IMP of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, several departments of the Medical University of Vienna, and the St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute) presented interesting data from their own research. Spanning topics from allergy research over basic and applied cancer and leukemia studies to skin and kidney disease, participants and guests from all biomedical disciplines could enjoy a comprehensive overview of research excellency in Vienna.

On the second day, the meeting focused especially on mast cells and mast cell-associated disorders. A worldwide panel of experts on mast cells in allergy, mast cell activation syndromes and systemic mastocytosis presented their data. Topics ranged from the function of mast cells in health and disease to the classification, diagnosis and therapy of mast cell-associated disorders such as systemic mastocytosis and mast cell leukemia.

The meeting was accompanied by social events such as a guided tour through the inner city of Vienna. In the evenings, the faculty was entertained by dinners in the historical hotel Regina in the 9th district of Vienna and on Kahlenberg mountain, from where the participants could enjoy a great view over the city.

In order to commemorate the meeting the faculty members wrote a publication on Paul Ehrlich and the impact of his work (Valent P et al., J Innate Immun. 2016).