Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne


25 Years of Progress in Molecular Medicine:
From Basic Research to Clinical Application

Important Information

Considering the Covid-19 developments as well as the hygiene measures of the University Hospital Cologne, we regret to inform you that only a limited  number of participants will be able to attend the venue in person. We reserved the limited "seats" for the guest speakers and the chairs of the sessions. The few remaining seats will be allocated to "local" participants.

We very well know nothing beats a face to face meeting but while we cannot meet in person, we are excited to welcome you as a digital participant at the CMMC Symposium 2021 including the CMMC Poster Session. We have put a lot of effort into making the digital CMMC Symposium as interactive and exciting as possible for all.

We thank you for understanding!


Over the last 25 years, medicine has undergone an impressive development and the understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases at the molecular and cellular level has contributed significantly to the development of specific tools for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases.

However, in recent years it has also become clear that a direct translation of current knowledge into new therapeutic options for the treatment of human diseases is more complex than originally thought. One reason for this is that the principles of disease development and practically all pathomechanisms - with the exception of some rare monogenetic diseases - are the result of complex, often overlapping changes. In addition to genetic aberrations and predispositions, epigenetics plays an important role in the development and progression of diseases as well as diverse environmental and nutritional influences and complex interlocking pathomechanisms. Genetic and epigenetic changes influence the finely tuned intracellular and intercellular signal transduction networks of cells, tissues and organs, which together constitute the communication system of the human organism.

In order to highlight and discuss these important developments, it is our great pleasure to announce the CMMC Symposium - 25 Years of Progress in Molecular Medicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Application taking place from September 26 - 28, 2021 in Cologne.

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine:
Thomas Graf (Barcelona, ES) • Konrad Hochedlinger (Boston, US) • Rudolph Jaenisch (Cambridge, US) • Luigi Naldini (Milan, IT) • Lorenz Studer  (New York, US) • David Vilchez (Cologne, DE)

Molecular Oncology and Genomic Medicine:
Peter Lichter (Heidelberg, DE) •  Núria López-Bigas (Barcelona, ES) • Stefan Pfister (Heidelberg, DE) • Marco Gerlinger (London - GB) • Sarah Teichmann (Hinxton, GB)

Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment:
Chris J Lord (London, UK) • Ari M. Melnick (New York, US) • Laura Pasqualucci (New York, US) • Dirk Schadendorf (Essen, DE) • Michael B Yaffe(Cambridge, US)

Infectious Diseases:
Ralf Bartenschlager (Heidelberg, DE) • Gülsah Gabriel (Hamburg, DE) •  Florian Klein (Cologne, DE) • Silvia Portugal (Berlin, DE) • Rino Rappuoli (Siena, IT) • Stephan Urban (Heidelberg, DE)

Neuroplasticity and Neurodegeneration:
Nils Brose  (Goettingen, DE) • Nadine Gogolla  (Munich, DE) •  Pascal S Kaeser  (Boston, US) •  Anne Schaefer  (New York, US) • Patrik Verstreken (Leuven, BE)

Metabolism and Aging:
Jens C Bruening
(Cologne, DE) • Anne Brunet  (Stanford, US) • Andrew Dillin (Berkeley, US) • Cristina García Cáceres (Neuherberg, DE) • Lora Heisler (Aberdeen, GB)


Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) - University of Cologne

The CMMC organizers thank the Cologne Convention Bureau for the excellent support.
Further information:

The Scientific CMMC Symposium Committee

Thomas Benzing | Jens Brüning | Reinhard Büttner | Claus Cursiefen | Michael Hallek | Thomas Krieg | Martin Krönke | Carien Niessen | Christian Reinhardt | Wilhelm Stoffel | Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (CMMC-Organization)

Certified with 21 CME Credits

by the Nordrheinische Akademie für aerztliche Fort- und Weiterbildung, Duesseldorf (Germany).

Program - CMMC Symposium 2021

The CMMC Symposium will be held as a hybrid meeting with live streaming including an interactive virtual meeting platform and live video chat. Explore the interactive networking tool with a demo from our partner´s webseite:

We gratefully acknowledge support by

Gerhard Richter

We are delighted, that the Poster 25 Years of Progress in Molecular Medicine shows the abstract artwork "Colour-Charts - 1024 Colours - 1974 / Werkverzeichnis 358-1" by Gerhard Richter. This is an outstanding honor for us.
With a career spanning nearly six decades, Gerhard Richter is widely considered one of the greatest artists of our time. To explore the artist's work, please visit:

Contacts for general information

The meeting is open and participation is free of charge - free registration is required.

For questions releated to your registration / travel and hotel information / requesting child care, please contact Bettina Kranz - zmmk-office[at]

Thank your for your support:

Contact for sponsors

If you are interested in supporting the Symposium - 25 Years of Progress in Molecular Medicine and/or if you have further questions, please contact Bettina Kranz (sponsoring - Symposium - 25 Years of Progress in Molecular Medicine) zmmk-office[at]