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Recent views on Evolution and Cancer

Jun 19, 2015

Joint scientific workshop by the Kiel Oncology Network and Kiel Life Science

The recently founded Kiel Oncology Network (KON) together with the research focus Kiel Life Science (KLS) at Kiel University organized an internal workshop on “Evolution & Cancer” on June 16 and 17. The event started Tuesday night with a keynote lecture on the evolution of cancer and the role of stem cells by Professor Christoph Röcken of the Institute of Pathology. Read more...

After a welcome on Wednesday morning by Kiel Life Science spokesman Professor Thomas Bosch of the Institute of Zoology, the comprehensive scientific program covered a range of topics like pathogenesis of tumors, evolutionary aspects and therapeutic implications. The event took place at the Zoological Museum of Kiel University with its special setting of 19th century architecture by Martin Gropius. The stage was set here for numerous high profile contributions from within Kiel Life Science, often triggering intense discussion between the roughly 50 attending fellow Kiel life scientists.

The different talks mirrored the interdisciplinary approach within cancer research in Kiel, looking upon the issue from for example medical, biological or mathematical points of view. To name just a few of the numerous excellent talks, contributions were made for example by: Professor Susanne Sebens of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and co-founder of the Kiel Oncology Network, who delivered insights into the mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer therapy or Professor Hinrich Schulenburg of the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics, who gave an overview of major evolutionary principles and how they apply to cancer research. Professor John Baines of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology Plön highlighted the role of intestinal microbiota in the evolution of cancer.

The workshop helped to raise awareness for the different fields of cancer research and their strong linkage to evolutionary science within KLS and also opened new perspectives for future cooperation in this field. Following the KLS public lecture also on evolution earlier this week, the internal “Evolution & Cancer” workshop thus formed another highlight among the various activities and events that together will help to strengthen KLS’s profile as a major location in life science research, both nationally and internationally.

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