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Munich has become a leading location for lung research. For the last five years, the Munich Lung Conference has been bringing internationally renowned researchers and clinicians of pulmonary medicine into the Bavarian capital. They present their latest findings from their research laboratories and generate ideas for new diagnostic methods, treatments and drugs.

Precision medicine is the central topic of the Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference 2015 and an important idea to further the requirements of modern respiratory medicine. The development of personalized therapeutic and diagnostic as well as preventive approaches that consider molecular and cellular profiles will allow individualized strategies for patient care in the future.

The Organizers

A special feature of the conference is the collaboration with one of the most important lung research centers in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since 2014, Pittsburgh and Munich lung researchers have jointly invited researchers to an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, to take place in Europe or abroad.

  • Mark Gladwin, chair, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, director of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute (left)
  • Oliver Eickelberg, director of the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center, professor of Experimental Pneumology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

To the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center

Mark Gladwin

“By jointly organizing a lung conference, we pool our strengths to attract leaders in pulmonary medicine. We bring together researchers and clinicians to develop new approaches in the field of precision medicine for phenotyping and in the search for biomarkers.”

Mark Gladwin, chair, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, director of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute

Oliver Eickelberg

“We bring together young researchers and senior scientists. The conference enables mentoring and exchange in a trusting and inspiring atmosphere. International researchers come into contact with Helmholtz Zentrum München and take the opportunity to work in Munich supported by a scholarship.”

Oliver Eickelberg is the director of the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center and professor of Experimental Pneumology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

 

To the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center

  • Mark Gladwin, chair, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, director of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute
  • Jadwiga Wedzicha, Editor in Chief, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Katrina Kelner, Staff Editor, Science Translational Medicine
  • Emma Grainger, Founding Editor, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
  • Jillian Hurst, Science Editor, Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • Oliver Eickelberg, director of the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center, professor of Experimental Pneumology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (from left)

To the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center


Interactive Editor Session Brings Together Researchers and the Leading Journals for a Discussion

A major event of the Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference 2015 was the interactive Editor Session. Senior editors provided insight into the publication processes of their high-profile journals, reporting  about their acceptance criteria for scientific publications, quality assurance and the reviews process.

Oliver Eickelberg, director of the Institute of Lung Biology and the Comprehensive Pneumology Center, professor of Experimental Pneumology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Oliver Eickelberg

"The Interactive Editor Session is a new format within the Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference. With senior editors of four high ranking journals we talk about the publication process and discuss sensitive questions such as assuring the quality of the review process, providing insight into increasing amounts of data, and offering publication opportunities for young researchers."
In the course of the discussion with senior editors of four high-profile journals a broad spectrum of questions were asked by members of the audience. The discussions were about the role of the editor as mediator between author and reviewer, mutual expectations toward the editor and scientists seeking to publish, dealing with the always increasing amounts of data and publication opportunities for young researchers.

Highlights of the Conference

The Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference presents the latest results of leading international research groups after a rigorous selection process. At the same time it highlights research-driven developments under regulatory and science policy aspects and invites top experts to be part of the panel.

James Kiley is director of the Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Precision Medicine Initiative of the National Institutes of Health was presented by James Kiley. The initiative was announced in early 2015 by U.S. President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address. In 2016, 215 million US dollars are available for the first time for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.

Julia Stingl is vice president of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. She heads the research department of the federal office responsible for the approval of drugs and is professor of Translational Pharmacology of the University of Bonn.

Julia Stingl, vice president of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, explained the regulatory aspects of precision medicine.

Werner Seeger is managing director of the Center for Internal Medicine and director of Medical Clinic II of the Giessen and Marburg University Hospital and department head at the Max Planck Institute of Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. He is chairman of the board and speaker of the German Center for Lung Research, of the Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC) as well as of the Excellence Cluster Cardiopulmonary System.

 

To the German Center for Lung Research

The Giessen lung researcher Werner Seeger gave an overview of precision medicine in the German Center for Lung Research. He is the speaker of the German Center for Lung Research founded in 2011 as an association of the leading university and non-university institutions dedicated to lung research in Germany.

Team Spirit and International Collaborations Drive Advances in Pulmonary Medicine

Social events strengthen the team spirit of the Respiratory Community. Time for informal discussions during breaks and meals together promote the interaction of the participants. Top-class lectures motivate young researchers  and senior scientists to share their results and ideas. This mix of inspiration and willingness to cooperate makes the Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference attractive and drives the advancement of pulmonary medicine.
In an informal and stimulating atmosphere, top international scientists share their expertise with young scientists. In conversations alongside the lectures, panel discussions, and poster presentations, ideas are developed and new collaborations arranged.

The Comprehensive Pneumology Center Choir Facility

“Singing means free breathing. Free breathing is the basis of a healthy lung.”

Jürgen Behr, medical director of Asklepios Specialist Hospital München-Gauting, head of the Research Clinic at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center and director of Medical Department V of the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Awarding Top Contributions

The conference concluded with the awarding of the top contributions. A jury of scientists selected the winners of the Münchner Bank Research Award for the most innovative scientific lectures. The best poster presentations were honored with the MPLC Poster Award.
The poster prize of the Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference 2015 went to Gerrit John-Schuster, Comprehensive Pneumology Center, and to Josiah Radder, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Jürgen Behr, member of the board of the AtemWeg Foundation, presented the awards.
Bill Chen and Charly Lai, both of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, received the Münchner Bank Research Award for Excellence in Pulmonary Research for their innovative approaches in precision medicine. The award was conferred by Münchner Bank together with the AtemWeg Foundation.

Follow up Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference

Every year, Munich Pittsburgh Lungs Conference seeks to present the very best research in respiratory medicine from centers around the world, inviting outstanding experts for plenary lectures, as well as posters submissions. The particular aim is to foster ongoing debates between basic and clinician scientists, young researchers and established investigators alike.

Werner Seeger

"Munich is a very prominent site of lung research and Pittsburgh is one, if not the leading center in the United States. Enabling synergies and cooperativity between these two research centers definitely promotes lung research world wide."

Werner Seeger is managing director of the Center for Internal Medicine and director of Medical Clinic II of the Giessen and Marburg University Hospital and department head at the Max Planck Institute of Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim. He is chairman of the board and speaker of the German Center for Lung Research, of the Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center (UGMLC) as well as of the Excellence Cluster Cardiopulmonary System.

Jürgen Behr

“The conference is an excellent platform for defining and coordinating joint projects with colleagues from Pittsburgh and other important international centers of lung research. These collaborations advance us further in the clinical practice of medicine and thus benefit patients.”

Jürgen Behr, medical director of Asklepios Specialist Hospital München-Gauting, head of the Research Clinic at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center and director of Medical Department V of the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

 

 

Günther Wess

“The conference is an important catalyst for international cooperation in lung research. Together, lung experts from around the world meet one of the great challenges of health research. The conference here in Munich underscores the quality of the science location – also with regard to training the next generation.

Günther Wess, CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München and vice president of Health in the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

Every year Munich Pittsburgh Lung Conference seeks to present the very best research in respiratory medicine from centers around the world, inviting outstanding experts for plenary lectures and poster submissions. Particular aim is to foster ongoing debates between basic and clinician scientists, young researchers and established investigators alike. To do so, the conference highlights recent discoveries from all fields that are likely to impact tomorrow's respiratory medicine.