Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

1st Cologne Symposium on missing links in HPV-biology: Focus on head & neck and skin cancer
May 17 - 18, 2019


Recent studies demonstrate that 15% of all human cancers are caused by viral infections. Human papillomavirus (HPV) accounts for approximately 600,000 cases including different forms of anogenital cancers, oropharyngeal cancers as well as skin cancers worldwide. HPV-related carcinogenesis is well investigated in anogenital tumors. However, the oncogenic mechanisms of these viruses in the development of carcinomas outside the genital region, especially in the oropharynx and skin, are not well understood. To unravel the underlying oncogenic mechanisms will help to develop innovative therapeutic strategies in the future.

To facilitate the scientific exchange and to discuss the importance of HPV genus-specific and cross-genus virus-host interactions, it is our great pleasure to announce the 1st Cologne Symposium on missing links in HPV biology focusing on head & neck and skin cancer taking place from May 17 – 18, 2019. 

The aim is to discuss the importance of HPV genus-specific and cross-genus virus-host interactions. This international meeting provides a platform for experts in the field to discuss their latest research and scientific experience with scientists and clinicians working on or interested in HPV associated diseases. We are delighted that the following experts will address these aspects during six sessions:

Herbert Pfister
- Cologne, DE Ulrike Wieland - Cologne, DE Sjoerd H van der Burg - Leiden, NL

Cindrilla Chumduri - Berlin, DETim Waterboer - Heidelberg, DE Anders Näsman - Stockholm, SE

Julie George
- Cologne, DE • Ernst Jan Speel - Maastricht, NLRuud H Brakenhof - Amsterdam, NL

Stem cell and differentiation
Michael Herfs
- Liege, BE• Girish Patel - Cardiff, UK• Frank Rösl - Heidelberg, DE • Elizabeth White - Philadelphia, US

Christian Hübbers
- Cologne, DE • Nicholas N Wallace - Manhattan, US • Karl Münger - Boston, US

Daniele Bergamaschi
- London, UK • Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz - Heidelberg, DE • Jochen Hess - Heidelberg, DE

We are expecting a highly interactive meeting sparked by the panel of internationally renowned speakers, who will discuss their latest research developments with an audience of scientists and physicians.We hope that the symposium will inspire in-depth discussions that can be the basis for new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Free online registration required: Following the tradition of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) the participation in the Symposium is free of charge. Online registration

We are looking forward to meeting you and the members of your institution at the Symposium in May 2019.

Sincerely yours

Baki Akgül - Institute for Virology, University Hospital of Cologne

Jens Peter Klussmann -Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Cologne

in cooperation with the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC).

We thank the Cologne Convention Bureau for their excellent support.
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We gratefully acknowledge support by

Certified with 24 CME Credits

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

Thank you!

This symposium will promote in-depth discussion and will be an ideal starting point for new interdisciplinary collaborations - Jens Klussmann.

The new symposium format will be held for the first time in Cologne. We are delighted to welcome renowned experts, who are dedicated to understand the mechanisms of HPV-associated head & neck as well as skin cancer- Baki Akgül

The Institute for Virology, currently housing the German Reference Center for Papilloma- and Polyomaviruses, and the Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology at the Univ. Hospital of Cologne are dedicated to understand the mechanisms of HPV-driven head & neck carcinomas as well as HPV-associated skin cancer.

We would like to thank the following institutions for their support:

We would like to thank the following industrial partners for their support: