Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

3rd Cologne Symposium on Ageing Medicine - January 19, 2019

Many hundred thousands lives can be saved today thanks to the progress of high-performance medicine. As shown by worldwide survival rates, this applies to the vast majority of diseases and certainly to those age-related ones. However, medical advances display, especially in older adults, considerable limitations, so that healthcare professionals should carefully consider what is really helpful to their patients, not only as far as survival is concerned.

After the success of the 2016 kick-off international clinical symposium "From Ageing to Geriatrics" as well as of the 2017 and 2018 Cologne Symposia on Ageing Medicine we are pleased to invite you to the
3rd Cologne Symposium for Ageing Medicine about controversies in the geriatric care of older patients.

For this purpose, experts in the fields of transplant medicine, cardiology, oncology and traumatology will present latest research on chances and challenges of medical progress in advanced age.

The speakers will discuss the clinical state-of-the-art in the context of the gerontological perspective, pointing at the healthcare and scientific priorities needed to bridge the gap between ageing research and multidimensional care of older adults.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Andreas Kruse, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg, one of the leading gerontological institutions worldwide, accepted our invitation as honorary guest speaker. The scientific expertise of Professor Kruse focuses on skills and potentials in old age, ethical and political issues of age, quality of life and rehabilitation in stroke and dementia, end-of-life care as well as the fundamental topic of coping with extreme situations in old age. Professor Kruse's keynote lecture will address different facets of vulnerability in advanced age. As a special highlight Andreas Kruse, who is also a passionate pianist, will accompany his lecture with compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach at a Steinway Piano kindly provided by the company Steinway & Sons (Steinway Retail Deutschland GmbH).


The participation in the symposium is free of charge.

The language of the Symposium is German.

The 2019 edition of the symposium has been organized by the Departments of Internal Medicine II and III of the University Hospital of Cologne in collaboration with the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC), Univ. of Cologne and CECAD - the Cluster of Excellence, Univ. of Cologne and the St. Marienhospital Cologne.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

With best regards

Prof. Dr. M. C. Polidori and Prof. Dr. P. Brinkkötter
on behalf of the organizers

Program (in German)

8.30 - 9.30 Uhr

Anmeldung - Foyer, ZMMK-Forschungsgebäude

9.30 - 9.40 Uhr

Thomas Krieg
- Dekan der Med. Fakultät
M. Cristina Polidori - Klinik II für Innere Medizin, Uniklinik Köln

9.40 - 10.45 Uhr

Keynote Lecture - Vortrag mit Klavierwerken von J.S. Bach
Grenzsituationen, Grenzerfahrungen, Grenzgänge, Grenzüberwindungen im hohen Alter: Über die schöpferischen Kräfte der Psyche

Andreas Kruse - Heidelberg

10.45 - 11.15 Uhr

Hochleistungsmedizin im hohen Alter: die Kölner Perspektive
Paul Brinkkötter - Uniklinik Köln

11.15 - 11.45 Uhr


11.45 - 12.15 Uhr

Der geriatrische Patient mit Myokardinfarkt: Was ist sinnvoll, auf was ist zu achten?
Samuel Lee - Uniklinik Köln

12.15 - 12.45 p.m.

Herausforderung der Transplantationsmedizin im Alter
Christine Kurschat - Uniklinik Köln

12.45 - 13.15 Uhr

Alterstraumatologie: Quo vadis?
Henning Kunter - Evangelisches Krankenhaus Kalk

13.15 - 13.45 Uhr

Moderne zielgerichtete Tumortherapeutika: Halten sie ihre Versprechen auch bei geriatrischen Patienten?
Valentin Goede - St. Marienhospital Köln

13.45 - 14.30 Uhr

Zusammenfassung und Imbiss
im Foyer des ZMMK-Forschungsgebäudes

CME Credits

An application has been submitted to the Nordrheinische Akademie für ärztliche Fort- und Weiterbildung, Düsseldorf (Germany).

Honorary Guest Speaker 2019

This year we have the honor to welcome Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Kruse as key note lecturer.

We gratefully acknowledge the support by

Pfizer Pharma GmbH

Bayer AG

Event Location

Directions to the CMMC Research Building
Robert-Koch-Str. 21, 50931 Cologne


For further information or questions, please contact

Prof. Dr. M. Cristina Polidori MD PhD FRCP
Geriatrician and Gerontologist, Ageing Clinical Research and Senior Consultant Physician, Department II of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne