Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne


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


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 Symposium - 25 Years of Molecular Medicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Application taking place from September 27 - 29, 2020 in Cologne.

Thanks to the outstanding support of the external scientific coordinators
Ralf Bartenschlager (Heidelberg, DE) • Nils Brose  (Goettingen, DE) •  Jens C Brüning (Cologne, DE) •  Rudolph Jaenisch  (Cambridge, US) • Peter Lichter, pending (Heidelberg, DE) •  Michael B Yaffe(Cambridge, US) we succeeded to setup and present a scientific program with international leading experts to highlight the following sessions introduced by the scientific coordinator:

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)

Molecular Oncology and Genomic Treatment: Peter Lichter, pending (Heidelberg, DE) •  Núria López-Bigas (Barcelona, ES) •  Stefan Pfister (Heidelberg, DE)

Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment: Chris J Lord(London, UK) •Ari M. Melnick, pending (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) • 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)

Special CMMC Lecture: 25 Years Molecular Medicine

Franz Hofmann (Munich, DE)


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

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

Internal Scientific Symposium Organization Committee 2020

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

Poster - 25 Years Molecular Medicine

Gerhard Richter

We are delighted, that the Poster 25 Years of Molecular Medicine shows the abstract artwork "Colour-Charts - 1024 Colours - 1974 / Werkverzeichnis 358-1" of Gerhard Richter. This is an outstanding honour 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:


Registration and participation in the Symposium - 25 Years of Molecular Medicine is free of charge! Please register here

Poster Presentation 2020

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

Contacts for general information

The meeting is open and participation is free of charge - free registration is required. Childcare will be provided by Spielland, University Hospital Cologne.

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

If you require an official invitation letter for travel refunding and visa issues, please contact: Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher - debora. grosskopf-kroiher[at]

Contact for sponsors

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