Getting to the Root of Common Diseases
Genome Researchers Meet at Freie Universität from November 25 to 27
№ 358/2010 from Nov 23, 2010
The genetic causes of common diseases are the focus of a meeting being held November 25 to 27 at Freie Universität Berlin. The nation’s leading scientists from medical genome research will be presenting their latest findings on cancer, cardiovascular and brain diseases. The meeting is the annual conference of the German National Genome Research Network (NGFN) and is held in English. Participation is open to interested parties, and there is no charge. The meeting is being hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin and by Freie Universität Berlin.
This year’s annual NGFN meeting will begin on November 25 with two symposia where national and international experts from academia and industry will discuss the latest methods of sequencing and the latest aspects of the functions of small RNA molecules.
On the two following days scientists from the German National Genome Research Network (NGFN) will present the status of their research in six symposia. Internationally renowned experts will open each symposium with a plenary introduction to the respective topics. In a poster exhibition with around 250 contributions, the scientists will provide insight into their latest research results. These range from the genetics of common diseases, to animal, cell and tissue models for the study of diseases, issues of systems biology, and new technologies and the transfer of achievements in genome research into medical use. During the conference, many companies will report on their latest biotechnology developments and products and present them in an industrial exhibition.