Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

ORPHEUS Conference 2016

It was a great pleasure for us to host the 11th ORPHEUS Conference
"Lost in translation? From medical studies to clinical research."

The Conference was organized under the patronage of ORPHEUS by the Faculty of Medicine and the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne at the University of Cologne.

Aim of the ORPHEUS Conference 2016:

To provide a platform for the discussion of the complete career path in biomedicine and health sciences, beginning with undergraduate level, followed by the doctoral period and the subsequent transition phase. Special emphasis was given to the impact of innovative doctoral educational programs and the training of physician scientists. International experts presented innovative strategies and concepts on the themes:

  • Research training for medical and natural science students in biomedical research
  • Perspectives for physician scientists in the 21st Century
  • Graduate programs for clinicians in biomedicine and health sciences
  • Impact on innovations within doctoral education

As one major highlight, Carla Nau (Lübeck - GER) presented as our honorary guest speaker of the ORPHEUS Lecture 2016 "Challenges of becoming a physician scientist - a personal insight" on March 10th, 2016.

The conference program also included:

a debate session “Pros and cons for the career as physician scientist" - a poster session for networking  - four workshop sessions.
One workshop was organized by ORPHEUS PhD student representatives for participating students. In addition, further student activities and a "Student Hosting Program" had also been organized.

The ORPHEUS Conference 2016 attracted

  • Scientists and physicians interested in doctoral education in the field of biomedicine and health sciences
  • Chairs and coordinators of Graduate Schools and Programs in the field of biomedicine and health sciences
  • Students at all stages of their education
  • Representatives from organisations involved in and/or having a special interest in doctoral education


ORPHEUS Poster Prize Awardees 2016

We would like to thank all participants, who presented a poster related to the different topics during the poster sessions. Three posters were selected by the members of the Poster Evaluation Committee for the ORPHEUS Poster Prize Award 2016. We are pleased to announce the awardees:


Evaluating the doctoral theses in the field of Public Health Nursing in Turkey
Z Bahar1 / N G Aydoğdu2 / D Açıl2 / B Cengiz2 / A Çaloğlu3 / K P Gürkan2

1School of Nursing, Koç University, Turkey - 2Nursing Faculty,  Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey - 3Nursing Department, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Turkey


International profile, educational background and funding of PhD candidates at the University of Bergen
K Nepstad / M Stien / T Anniken Larsen / T Olsnes

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bergen (UiB)


Analysis of quantitative indices of supervision of classical doctorates and PhD candidates at Faculty of Medicine University Belgrade
T Simic / T Pekmezovic / J Šantric / N Ognjanovic / N Lalic / V Bumbaširevic   

Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Overview of the associating partners of the ORPHEUS Conference 2016:

The Albertus Magnus Graduate Center and following PhD Programs at the University of Cologne
Interdisciplinary Program Molecular Medicine (IPMM) • CCRC PhD Program • PhD Program for Health Sciences • RTG - Neural Circuit Analysis • Cologne Pharmacological Program • Graduate School for Biological Sciences • Master of Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience

and the following institutions and organisations:

University Hospital Cologne •  EMTRAIN • AMSE • BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland e.V. •  Cologne Convention Bureau

Local Cologne ORPHEUS Conference Committee

Mats Paulsson • Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher • Jan-Michael Werner • Vera Bergmeier • Tim Hucho • Sören Moritz • Catherin Niemann • Kashish Manchanda • Daniela Mutschler • Herbert Pfister • Christoph Stosch • Thomas Benzing

ORPHEUS Executive Committee

Robert Harris • Miroslav Cervinka • Gul Guner-Akdogan • Ana Borovecki • Roland Jonsson • Andre Nieoullon • Konstantin Gurevich • Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher • Simona Dragon • Stephanie Clarke • Chris Van Schravendijk • Vladimir Bumbasirevic • Zdravko Lackovic • Vesna Coric • Kashish Manchanda


Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) - University of Cologne. The CMMC organizer thanks the Cologne Convention Bureau for their excellent support.