The Molecular Biology Centre of the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH) is holding its annual Forum this year from 17-19 May 2001. The title of the event is "Genes, Proteins and Brain Disease". The conference is also dedicated to an appreciation of the work of one of the world's leading experts on Alzheimer's disease, Prof. Dr. Konrad T. Beyreuther, on the occasion of his 60th birthday in May. The purpose of the gathering is to disseminate the latest knowledge in the field of neuro-degenerative diseases, a topic dramatically highlighted by the recent BSE crisis.
In the tradition of these meetings, one of the aims of this year's Forum is to bring together leading scientists and a non-specialised audience with either a professional (biologists, the medical community) or a more general (lay) interest in the subject. Accordingly, participation at the conference will be free of charge.
Scientists from the United States, Australia and Europe working on the causes of such notorious killers as the Alzheimer, Parkinson and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases will be reporting their latest research findings. On Friday the emphasis in the lectures will be on genetic causes and promising new approaches to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The Saturday session focuses on prion diseases (widely known due to the BSE crisis) and the causes of Parkinson's disease.
Prof. Colin Masters' keynote address: a historical retrospect
The scientific proceedings begin on Thursday with a historical retrospect by Prof. Colin Masters from Melbourne, one of the fellow scientists Prof. Beyreuther's has been longest associated with. Together they discovered the gene involved in causing Alzheimer's disease and have since done further research into it in the course of their long and fruitful working collaboration. Konrad Beyreuther, known to a broad audience for his many lectures on Alzheimer's disease, has a number of other official functions alongside his research activities. He is the present director of ZMBH, chairman of the BioRegion Rhine-Neckar Triangle organisation, and state councillor in the government of Baden-Württemberg, where he acts in an advisory capacity on health issues, notably in connection with the crises triggered by BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.
Information on the Forum:
venue: German Cancer Research Centre. Communication Centre,
Im Neuenheimer Feld 282, 69120 Heidelberg
Dr. T. Hartmann, PD Dr. Gerd Multhaup, Prof. Dr. R. Paro, Prof. Dr. K.A. Nave, Prof. Dr. K. Unsicker
Journalists' inquiries should be addressed to
Prof. Dr. Renato Paro (ZMBH)
Phone: 06221/546878, fax: 545891
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317