Herrenhausen Symposium on Individualized Infection Medicine

International expert conference in Hannover highlights the current state of the research and the perspectives of this field

Infections continue to be amongst the main causes of death throughout the world. Individually customised prevention and therapies promise to open up new options for curing diseases. But what is the current status of the research throughout the world and what are the most urgent questions – from an ethical, social and economic point of view? Experts will discuss these issues from 21 to 23 June in Hannover.

Herrenhausen_Symposium_590x240.jpg© -fotolia.comNew and recurrent infectious diseases, combined with steadily increasing resistance to antibiotics and the global mobility of people, create enormous new challenges for modern medicine. Consequently, therapies must combine maximum efficacy with minimum toxicity. Customised strategies for prevention and clinical management are steadily gaining in importance in this context.

In oncology for example, therapies tailored for the individual patient and his or her specific tumour, are already being applied successfully today. But the promising potential of individualized therapies has hardly been tapped yet in the field of infectious diseases. In order to precisely control the diagnostic clarification and therapeutic intervention in the future, new technologies need to be developed and the existing knowledge needs to be merged.

It is therefore one aim of the symposium to bring together in Hannover outstanding experts from science, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry as well as representatives of important initiatives in the field of personalised medicine from all parts of the world in order to promote international and interdisciplinary collaborations. The symposium's speakers include many experts from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). Important scientific topics will be addressed, requirements concerning infrastructures and programmes for promotion of an individualised medicine, current trends and developments in the handling and analysis of complex data will be discussed and ethical, social and economic considerations will be addressed.

For example the following topics will be the focus of the sessions and of two panel discussions (link to the detailed programme, PDF version):

Session I: Individualized Medicine – Today and Tomorrow
Session II: Requirements for Advancing Individualized Medicine
Session III: Approaches for Individual Prevention and Treatment on Infectious Diseases
Session IV: Diagnostics for Individualized Infection Medicine
Session V: Data Science in Individualized Infection Medicine
Session VI: Individualized Treatment and Prevention in Viral Infections – Hepatitis
Session VII: Paving the Way for Individualized Infection Medicine

Herrenhausen Symposium:

„Individualized Infection Medicine – The Future is Now“
21 June, 15.30 h, to 23 June, 16 h
Auditorium, Tagungszentrum (Congress Centre) Schloss Herrenhausen, Hannover

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The Herrenhausen Symposium is organised jointly by the VolkswagenStiftung, the Hannover Medical School (MHH), the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig and the Centre for Individualised Infection Medicine (CiiM). For more information, please visit: