35th Ernst Klenk Symposium in Molecular Medicine. Rare diseases: From mechanisms to therapy and beyond. September 15 - 17, 2019 in Cologne

35th Ernst Klenk Symposium in Molecular Medicine


It is our great pleasure to announce the 35th Ernst Klenk Symposium in Molecular Medicine 2019 on "Rare diseases: From mechanisms to therapy and beyond".

We are honored to anounce that Professor Arthur H M Burghes (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus - US) has accepted our invitation as scientific coordinator and as honorary guest speaker of the Klenk Lecture.

It is also a great honor for us to welcome Eva Luise Köhler, who will give a welcome greeting to all particpants. Eva Luise Köhler initiated together with her husband - Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany - the foundation of the Eva Luise und Horst Köhler Stiftung - Für Menschen mit Seltenen Erkrankungen. Since many years she is patroness of the Allianz Chronischer Seltener Erkrankungen (Achse).

Thanks to the outstanding support of Professor Burghes we succeeded to setup and to present a scientific program with international leading experts in the research field of rare diseases and therapy. We are delighted that following experts confirmed their participation as guest speakers in the following sessions:

State of the art in rare disease discovery: Clara D M van Karnebeek (Amsterdam, NL) - William A Gahl (Bethesda, US) • Georg F Hoffmann (Heidelberg, DE)

Technologies to understand functional impact of human variation causing rare diseases: Lea M Starita (Seattle, US) • Joseph V Bonventre (Boston, US) • Karlien L M Coene (Nijmegen, NL)

Small molecule based-therapy in neurological disorders: Frank C Bennett (Carlsbad, US) - Richard S Finkel (Orlando, US) • Nicholas Katsanis (Chicago, US) • Adrian R Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor, US)

Gene therapy to treat rare disorders: Barry J Byrne (Gainesville, US) • Hélène Puccio (Illkirch, FR)

Rare kidney and endocrine disorders and therapy: Heiko Krude (Berlin, DE) • Vicente E Torres (Rochester, US) • Pierre Ronco (Paris, FR)

Cancer and rare immune-mediated disease therapy and regulation: Michael R Speicher (Graz, AT) • Marie Scully (London, GB)

Metabolic disorders and therapy: Frances M Platt (Oxford, GB) • Carmine Settembre (Pozzuoli-Napoli, IT)

Muscle, bone and dermis genetic disorders - from mechanism to treatment
Frank Rauch
(Montreal, CA) • Holm Schneider (Erlangen, DE)

What's next:
Sir John Burn (Newcastle upon Tyne, GB)

Information for the submission of poster abstracts for the poster session including the poster award will be available soon.

Registration and participation in the Ernst Klenk Symposium 2019 is free of charge! Please register here

Cologne Klenk Symposium Board 2019

Chairs: Brunhilde Wirth | Guenter Schwarz
Oliver Cornely | Jörg Dötsch | Roman-Ulrich Müller | Christian Schaaf - Institute of Human Genetics, Heidelberg University | Bernhard Schermer | Michal-Ruth Schweiger | Thomas Benzing (Chair - CMMC) | Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (CMMC-Organization)


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

The CMMC organizers thank the Cologne Convention Bureau for their excellent support.
Further information: http://www.conventioncologne.de


We expect a lively meeting, which allows a rewarding exchange among colleagues working in the field of “Rare diseases: From mechanisms to therapy and beyond”.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

With best regards

Brunhilde Wirth and Guenter Schwarz
Chairs of the Cologne Klenk Symposium Committee 2019

We gratefully acknowledge support by

Certified with 17 CME Credits

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

Klenk Poster 2019

Program Klenk 2019

Industrial Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the support by our industrial partners.

Avexis € 5.000,- • Roche € 5.000,- • Sanofi € 2.500,- • Otsuka € 1.500,- • Biogen € 1.400,- • Proteintech € 1.400,- • Analytik Jena € 800,- • PerkinElmer € 800,- • Sartorius € 800,- • Active Motif € 500,- • PHCbi € 500,- •
LMS Consult conference material • Promega conference material

The sponsoring is used for conference rooms, technology, travel expenses of the speakers, conference handouts and event management.