12min.med – Life Sciences: Ignite Talks

In conjunction with Hannover’s business development enterprise hannoverimpuls and the ‘neuwärts’ agency, the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence will be holding a new series of talks. The format is brief, with events featuring three speakers from the world of medicine. Each of them has 12 minutes to present their project, followed by 12 minutes for questions from the audience and then another 12 minutes of networking over a drink. The audience will be a good mix, from specialists to passers-by just dropping in. Events will be held on a roughly quarterly basis, with the chief aim of raising the general public’s scientific awareness.

Venue: Transformationswerk, Vahrenwalder Str. 269, Hannover

12min.med - Life Sciences #1: 27. October 2016 starting at 7.00 p.m.
How do you mend a broken heart? How can molecular biology, scalpels and scanners help to solve crimes? And what exactly is biohacking? These and other questions will be answered by a trio of experts: Dr Zweigerdt of MHH’s Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery; Professor Klintschar of MHH’s Institute of Forensic Medicine; and Dr Kramer of Digiwell.

12min.med - Life Sciences #2: Thurs. 30 March 2017 starting at 7.00 p.m.
The long-awaited sequel is here! The second edition of ‘12min.MED - Life Science’ will be held this Thursday, 30 March at 7.00 p.m. The venue: Transformationswerk, Vahrenwalder Str. 269 in Hannover. The REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence, agency ‘neuwaerts’ and the city’s business development enterprise hannoverimpuls will be staging three stimulating talks. Do come along!
This time, Professor Alexander Heisterkamp of Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. will be illuminating how optogenetics uses light to remote-controls cells. Dr Norman Zinne of Hannover Medical School (MHH) will be reporting on how he handles and treats organs outside the body using the Organ Care System. And Stefan Meyer of Implandata Ophthlmic Products GmbH will explain how his start-up is designing an implantable, telemetric sensor enabling patients to precisely measure their intraocular pressure themselves at home, any time.

12min.med – Life Sciences #3
The third event is expected to take place in late August.


HerrenhausenLate #2: Putting heart and soul into it

Professor Thomas Thum, cardiologist and researcher at Hannover Medical School (MHH), and Professor Nils Hoppe, an ethicist at the University of Hannover, will be discussing medical and ethical challenges surrounding the clinical use of recently developed cardiovascular treatments.

The time: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 at 8.30 p.m.
The place: Herrenhausen Palace.
The organizer: Volkswagen Foundation (as part of the ‘Herrenhausen Late’ series of events.)

HerrenhausenLate #1: Stem cells = allrounder.
What is regenerative medicine able to do? The dream of regenerative medicine is to make spare parts for the human body in the lab to save the lives of seriously ill people. This hope lies in the new allrounders of the cell world: induced pluripotent stem cells. They can already be used to produce blood cells that could one day make up for the shortfall in blood reserves. And that’s not all: stem cells harbour considerable potential for new treatments, creating a real opportunity for medical breakthroughs. Human biologist Nico Lachmann and medic Christine Happle are working together to develop just such a therapy for sufferers of a rare lung disease.The Volkswagen Foundation will be hosting an event, involving audience discussion, at which Lachmann and Happle will be looking at the possibilities and limits of stem cell research, the impact of these cells on medicine and why science fiction could soon become reality. The venue is Herrenhausen Palace, the forum is the HerrenhausenLate series of events, and the time is 8.30 p.m. on 1 November 2016. www.volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungskalender.html (in German)

UniStem Day

The main aim of UniStem Day is to educate pupils about the latest findings in stem cell research and its potential, as this field is advancing so rapidly at present that the school curriculum can hardly do justice to it. Nationwide, over 1,000 upper-school pupils in eight German cities visited institutes and universities to explore stem cell use in research and medicine. Europe-wide, more than 25,000 school pupils in Italy, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Denmark and (for the first time) Germany learned about these all-rounders of the cell world. The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) initiated the UniStem Day in Germany in 2016 Apart from Hannover, the research institutes and facilities participating in this country were in Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Dresden, Heidelberg, Jena, Münster and many more.

#1: UniStem Day 2016, 11 March 2016
#2: UniStem Day 2017, 17 March 2017
#3: UniStem Day 2018, March 2018

Herbstakademie für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer

Seit 2009 laden der Exzellenzcluster REBIRTH und die Leibniz-Forschungsschule QUEST in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Niedersächsischen Kultusministerium alle zwei Jahre in den Herbstferien die Herbstakademie für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer der MINT-Fächer, Spitzenforschung unmittelbar zu erleben.

Wissen aus der Mathematik, der Informatik, den Naturwissenschaften und der Technik wird für die Erforschung aktueller Themen der Regeneration und der Quantenphysik gebraucht. Die Herbstakademie eröffnet den Lehrkräften die Möglichkeit, ihr fachliches Wissen um neueste Forschungsergebnisse, -ansätze und -methoden zu erweitern und diese im Kollegenkreis zu diskutieren. Gleichzeitig erhoffen wir uns, dass die Lehrkräften unsere und ihre Begeisterung für Forschung in die Schulen hineintragen und so langfristig Schülerinnen und Schüler für die Wissenschaft gewonnen werden können. Wir würden uns freuen, Sie im Herbst wieder in Hannover begrüßen zu dürfen.

Die nächste Herbstakademie für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer findet in der Herbstferien 2017 statt.

Modern Cell Therapies - Stem Cells for Heart and Liver Diseases

Panel discussion and short movies on
Wednesday, 13. September 2016

Prof Dr. Axel Haverich, Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG), MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Martin, Leibniz Forschungslaboratorien für Biotechnologie und künstliche Organe (LEBAO), MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Michael Manns, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Nils Hoppe, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences Hannover, LUH/REBIRTH

Dr. Stefanie Seltmann, DKFZ Heidelberg

HAZ-Forum at Anzeiger Hochhaus, Goseriede 9, 30159 Hannover