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 26 - 28, 2021 in Cologne.

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) • Fiona M Watt (London, GB)

Molecular Oncology and Genomic Medicine:
Peter Lichter (Heidelberg, DE) •  Núria López-Bigas (Barcelona, ES) • Stefan Pfister (Heidelberg, DE) • Sir Mike Stratton (Cambridge, GB) • Catherine J Wu (Boston, US) - pending

Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment:
Chris J Lord (London, UK) • Ari M. Melnick (New York, US) • Laura Pasqualucci (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) • Silvia Portugal (Berlin, 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)


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

Thomas Benzing | Jens Brüning | Reinhard Büttner | Claus Cursiefen | Michael Hallek | Thomas Krieg | Martin Krönke | Carien Niessen | Christian Reinhardt | Wilhelm Stoffel | 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" by Gerhard Richter. This is an outstanding honor 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:

Rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis

We hope that you and your family and friends are safe and healthy. In light of the current COVID-19 crisis we had to postpone our symposium "25 Years of Molecular Medicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Application" to next year.

Our meeting was set to take place from Sept. 27 to 29, 2020 and is now rescheduled for 2021. The new date of the symposium is September 26 to 28, 2021.

We will be able to manage the crisis all together and hope for your understanding. Our thoughts continue to be with those who have lost loved ones. Please stay safe and healthy.

Very warm regards,
Thomas Benzing

and members of the Internal Scientific Symposium Organization Committee

We gratefully acknowledge support by

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) zmmk-office[at]