As in previous years, the main purpose of the XX. Wilsede Meeting is to evaluate recent developments in the field of leukemia and cancer biology. The heterogeneity of malignant cells is a central theme in this year’s meeting. Also, the concepts of normal and malignant stem cells, the importance of epigenetic events, and the opportunities to translated basic findings into targeted therapies will be discussed. The new advent of immunotherapeutic approaches and the great potential of tumorlytic viruses are another topic of the XX. Wilsede meeting. The impressive progress that has been made in these fields will be presented by experts in their respective fields, but also junior scientists that are embracing new technologies to bring new light into the open questions and problems. We thank all speakers and chairs for donating time and sharing results that allows this unique platform of scientific exchange.
Meetings do not happen without financing. Thus, we would like to gratefully acknowledge the continued support of Mildred Scheel Foundation of the Deutsche Krebshilfe e.V. (German Cancer Aid). The decision of the Deutsche Krebshilfe to be our main sponsor and to finance stipends for young scientists has been vital to keep up the tradition of providing in Wilsede a platform for both “young” and “experienced” scientists to interact.
The “Magic” of Wilsede lies just not in the outstanding science and the tranquil location, but also in the people that have spent much time and energy in keeping the spirit of the 1973 meeting alive. In particular the never-ending energy of Prof. emer. Rolf Neth, who was the initiator and driving force of the Wilsede meetings, as well as Prof. emer. Axel Zander, who carried the baton from 1994 to the present, deserve special thanks. In the last more than 10 years, Dr. Carol Stocking was one if not the main person to keep this tradition alive.
For those of you who do not know Wilsede, we are sure that you will also come to appreciate this tiny village in the Lüneburg Heath, which provides the ideal setting for scientific exchange and stimulating discussions, for which the Wilsede meetings are known. Please push aside your other responsibilities for a few days, and join us during the lectures, poster sessions, walks in the heath, and evenings with food, drink, and music to discuss scientific concepts and new ideas.
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We are proud to announce that the forthcoming XXI. Wilsede Meeting will be held from June 18 - 21, 2016.
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