6th Joint Dresden DZG Symposium brings together a variety of Dresden researchers once again


The 6th Joint Dresden DZG Symposium took place on March 26, 2024: The three German Centers for Health Research (DZG) located in Dresden play a significant role on Dresden's biomedical campus, with 250 researchers and clinicians, a budget of over 11 million euros, and 240 publications in 2023 alone. They include the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), and the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).

Scientists from both university and non-university research institutions work together interdisciplinary in the individual centers to bring new research results into application more quickly. This is necessary because of the persistently high prevalence of common diseases such as cancer, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative conditions.

Despite their different research areas, the three centers have much in common when it comes to developing new therapeutic approaches or research methods. The long-term networking that has now existed for many years at the Dresden site offers outstanding opportunities to jointly develop new innovative research strategies.

Once a year, the three centers organize the Joint Dresden DZG Symposium, which took place for the sixth time on March 26, 2024, and was mainly hosted by the DKTK this time. The symposium, designed as a platform for exchange among Dresden scientists and physicians, took place at the MTZ with over 100 participants.

The importance of the DZG for Saxony was underlined by the presence of Sebastian Gemkow, Saxon State Minister for Science, who gave a welcoming speech in addition to Esther Troost, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden and Mechthild Krause, spokesperson for the DKTK partner site Dresden.

Subsequently, the three local spokespersons of the DZG – besides Mechthild Krause, Michele Solimena (DZD/PLID) and Gerd Kempermann (DZNE) – presented their institutions and current research highlights. Gerd Kempermann then took the opportunity, on behalf of all present, to thank our longtime ministerial supporter, Annerose Beck, for her unwavering and tireless commitment to the Dresden DZG.

In his presentation on the national activities of the German Centers for Health Research, Triantafyllos Chavakis spoke about a groundbreaking immunological project, which has been funded by the DZG Innovation Fund (DZGIF), in which researchers from the various DZG have been able to apply for research funding for a joint project on a specific topic since 2022.

We have already implemented this concept of DZG-overarching research support locally since 2020 with a popular and successful seed funding for cross-DZG projects, which are intended to promote new translational activities between the DZG in Dresden. At this year's symposium, the awardees of the last funding round (News link) had the opportunity to present the progress of their projects to the audience.

This year also included again the one-minute poster flash talks. 19 young scientists took the opportunity to present their projects briefly and concisely. Afterwards, the conference participants had the opportunity to engage in discussions with the young researchers at their respective posters.

The keynote presentation was given by Jakob N. Kather (EKFZ Dresden). With his lecture on "AI in Medicine", he provided a fascinating insight into the possible applications and still existing limitations of artificial intelligence in medical diagnostics and therapy.

Finally, Gerd Kempermann had the pleasure and honor of opening the next call for DZG-overarching project proposals and inviting everyone to the 7th Joint Dresden DZG Symposium at the DZNE in 2025.

Source: DKTK

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From left to right: Michele Solimena (Spokesperson DZD/PLID), Mechthild Krause (Spokesperson DKTK partner site Dresden), Sebastian Gemkow (Saxon State Minister for Science, Higher Education and Research), Esther Troost (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at TUD), Frank Ohi (Commercial Director University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden) and Gerd Kempermann (Spokesperson DZNE Dresden site). © Kirsten Lassig | Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus