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IoP researchers to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nearly 600 aspiring young researchers representing almost 80 countries will take part in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The students and post-docs, including seven researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) and School of Medicine at King’s College London, will meet with 37 Nobel Laureates at the conference running from 29 June to 4 July 2014. 

A select group of excellent young scientists will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a master class hosted by a Nobel Laureate. This year the dialogue between generations and cultures, which has been fostered by the meetings since 1951, is dedicated to medicine.

The seven King’s young researchers selected to attend the prestigious event are:

  • Stephanie Forkel, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Liu Yan, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Sophie Bennett, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Stefano Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Renata Gomes, Cardiovascular, School of Medicine
  • Iria Gomez-Tourino, Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Christina Sakellariou, Innate Immunity, School of Medicine

Starting in September 2013 thousands of scientists under the age of 35 applied to participate in the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The selection process was conducted by a scientific panel led by the Lindau Council’s Vice-President Burkhard Fricke, emeritus Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Kassel. 

“The selected young researchers belong to the top of their class”, says Stefan Kaufmann, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Berlin Charite and director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology.

“This is the next generation of leading researchers, who expect to gain inspiration from their encounters with Nobel Laureates”, adds Klas Karre, Professor for Molecular Immunology at the Stockholm Karolinska Institutet. Since 2006 Karre has been a member of the Nobel Committee, which chooses the laureates for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The main focus of the meeting’s numerous lectures, panel discussions and master classes is on molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms, as they are among the keys to the prevention and healing of diseases. 

Some of the Nobel Laureates, such as J. Michael Bishop and Harald zur Hausen, will present the latest findings in cancer research. 

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, distinguished with the 2008 Nobel Prize, will report on the advancements made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

Elizabeth H. Blackburn (2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine) will address the process of ageing at the cellular level and the diseases associated with it.

More information about the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting can be found here

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