We are very happy to keep up the tradition of more than 30 years of Wilsede meetings. Following this path, the XXI. Wilsede meeting will focus recent developments in the field of leukemia and cancer biology. Tumor heterogeneity as well as the concepts of normal and malignant stem cells will be central topics of this year’s meeting. Many general aspects of malignant transformation and progression can be studied on myeloproliferative diseases that will therefore become a focus of the XXI. Wilsede meeting. Traditionally, translation of basic findings into targeted therapies is a recurrent topic at Wilsede meetings. This year the meeting will particularly highlight the recent progress in immunotherapy – from checkpoint inhibitors to gene-modified lymphocytes. The impressive progress made in these different areas 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 commitment 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. We are also grateful to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, another traditional supporter of the Wilsede meetings.
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 Rolf Neth, who was the initiator and driving force of the Wilsede meetings, as well as Prof Axel Zander, who carried the baton from the 1990ies to the 2000s, deserve special thanks. In the first decade of this century, Dr Carol Stocking was the key person to keep the 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.
Further information to follow.