Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

Update - August 30, 2021


Dear Guests of the 5th Cologne Symposium on Ageing Medicine, 

The current situation of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and the associated uncertainty about its further development is a major challenge for all of us. Even though an online symposium would be an option, in our opinion this format is not fully appropriate to join in a scientific discussion on such an important topic and with very high-profile guests. For this reason we have decided to postpone the Annual Symposium to spring 2022. We hope you understand our decision and look forward to welcoming you in 2022.

With best regards

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


5th Cologne Symposium on Ageing Medicine - September 18, 2021

Three waves of the severe acute respiratory syndrome-corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic lie between the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Annual Cologne Symposium on Ageing Medicine. One of the indirect effects of SARS-CoV-2 - as the global emergency which already claimed 3,8 million deaths by June 2021 -, is that it exposed vulnerable entities at both micro-, meso-, and macro-levels. From the patient interaction level, to the health care organization and community level, up to the policy level, respectively, the current pandemic has dramatically unveiled that pre-pandemic medical systems are not designed for those conditions more or less rapidly impacting different world populations.

Due to their unpreparedness, systems reacted, often too late, with instruments recovered from previous global emergencies, largely neglecting the substantial changed protagonist of the XXI century – the aging of the world population. Instruments have proven inadequate to combat a challenge that impacts both the fragility of the human kind and the one caused by the physiology and biology of aging. COVID-19 discloses to date the importance of the integrity and cross-talk of the different framework sectors rotating around the ageing person, from biology to intrinsic capacity, from personality to life events, from lifestyle to geographical and cultural marks. Frailty is in the meanwhile accepted as the very core of geriatric medicine - going far beyond multi-morbidity and chronological age and incorporates aging processes essential to its development and reversibility.

 The Department of Internal Medicine II would like to present these and other developments in Ageing Medicine at the 5th Symposium, organized in cooperation with the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC), the Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research (CECAD) and the Department of Cardiology of the University Hospital of Cologne. Experts from the disciplines of Geriatrics, Nephrology, Cardiology and Oncogeriatrics will be giving their insights and latest data on chances and challenges of medical progress in advanced age.

This year we will also have the great honor to meet Franz Müntefering, chairman since 2015 of the German National Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations (BAGSO) and Member of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, among others Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Berlin Demography Forum. His keynote lecture will focus on the meaning, potential and chances of ageing in our time. Furthermore, Professor Martin Wehling, Director of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology Mannheim at the University of Heidelberg, will present recent advances in pharmacotherapy in advanced age.

Following the success of the previous editions, thanks in no small part to the presentations by some of the major national and international representatives of Ageing Medicine and Gerontology, we are extremely grateful for this year‘s speakers.  

The language of the Symposium is German.

The 2021 edition of the symposium is 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 Stiftung der Cellitinnen e.V.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

With best regards

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

Program (in German)

8.30 - 9.00 Uhr

Anmeldung - Foyer, ZMMK-Forschungsgebäude

9.00 - 9.15 Uhr

Einführung / Impulsvortrag
Selbstkompetenz und personalisierte Medizin für ein aktives und gesundes Altern
M. Christina Polidori - Köln

9.15 - 10.00 Uhr

Keynote Lecture
Unterwegs. Älterwerden in dieser Zeit

Franz Müntefering - Bonn

10.00 - 10.30 Uhr


10.30 - 11.15 Uhr

Chancen durch Arzneimittel im Alter - es gibt nicht nur bittere Pillen!
Martin Wehling - Heidelberg

11.15 - 11.30 Uhr

Kardiovaskuläre Alterungsprozesse und Rolle der Gebrechlichkeit für die klinische Entscheidungsfindung
Roman Pfister - Uniklinik Köln

11.30 - 11:45 Uhr

Biologisches vs chronologisches Alter in der Onkologie
Valentin Goede - St. Marienhospital Köln

11.45 - 12.00 Uhr

Altersmedizin  -  Hightechmedizin Co-Management: die Universitäre Altersmedizin in Köln
Paul Brinkkötter und Linus Völker - Uniklinik Köln

12.00 - 12.45 Uhr

Podiumsdiskussion - klinische Entscheidungen im Alter
Das Publikum hat hier Gelegenheit Fragen zu stellen

Anschließender Imbiss im Foyer des ZMMK-Forschungsgebäudes

Honorary Guest Speaker 2021

This year we have the honor to welcome Franz Müntefering as key note lecturer.

CME Credits

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

We gratefully acknowledge the support by

Bayer AG (EUR 500)

Pfizer (EUR 500)

Sponsoring will be used for catering and travel expenses.

Event Location

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


For further information or questions, please contact

Prof. Dr. 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