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GeNES Konsultations: "From Charité to Longwood – And Back?"

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German Consulate General Boston

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The last installment of our Konsultations series for this year will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Consul General Ralf Horlemann will host a panel discussion with Professor Dr. Stefan Tullius, Dr. Timm Heinbokel, and Dr. Nalan Utku on the differences between the German and US medical research landscapes. To join the lively conversation and catch a screening (in German) of an episode of Germany’s popular TV series, Charité, reserve your spot now! In celebration of the holiday season, guests are invited to stay for German Glühwein, Stollen, and Lebkuchen following the discussion.

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Dr. Stefan Tullius is the Distinguished Joseph E. Murray Chair in Transplantation Surgery, Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of the Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Dr. Tullius completed his surgical residency in addition to a transplant and visceral surgery fellowship at the Charité in Berlin, Germany. He received his PhD (Habilitation) at the Charité in Berlin in 2000, had been the Surgical Director of Transplantation at this institution until 2004, when he moved to Boston to take his current position. Dr. Tullius also holds a (honorary) Master of Arts from Harvard University. In the early 1990s, he had been a post-doctoral fellow and spent parts of his last year in Medical school at Harvard. Dr. Tullius is an internationally recognized clinician/scientist, a frequent invited speaker and visiting professor; he has published > 300 scientific manuscripts and book chapters. He is an Executive Editor of the journal ‘Transplantation’, and Associate Editor of Transplant International. He served on the Board of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) and was the founding Chair of the Basic Science Committee of ESOT. Dr. Tullius currently serves as the Treasurer of The Transplantation Society. He is also a member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian group and serves as a Regional Councilor (New England) of UNOS. Dr. Tullius has a most productive NIH-funded research laboratory and has organized several national and International scientific meetings. He is an enthusiastic teacher and has mentored > than 35 post-docs/graduate students who moved on into accomplished careers and have received several awards under his mentorship. In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Tullius has received several awards including the Pichlmayr Award of the German Transplant Society, the Fritz Linder award of the German Surgical Society, the Clinical Science Investigator Award of the American Society of Transplantation, and the Joseph E. Murray/Simon J. Simonian Award in recognition of his mentoring efforts. Dr. Tullius serves also as the President of the German International School in Boston, Ma.

Dr. med. Timm Heinbokel is currently a post-doctoral scholar at the Transplant Surgery Research Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He first joined the lab in 2011/2012 as a visiting medical student and research trainee while still being enrolled at Charité Berlin, his project being supported by grants from the Biomedical Exchange Program (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD) and the Charité Foundation. After returning to Berlin and graduating from the Charité in 2014, he completed his MD thesis ‘summa cum laude’ and began his residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Berlin at Germany’s largest kidney transplant center. Subsequently, he had been awarded a two-year research fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG). His current work at Harvard focuses on age-specific aspects of immunosuppressive drugs and the shifting balance of innate and adaptive immunity with aging.

PD Dr. med. Nalân Utku is trained neurologist, immunologist, entrepreneur and scientist. Dr. Utku is one of the few who successfully accomplished a professional career between academia and pharma with activities on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Utku managed industrial drug development at biotech companies while teaching and completing her PhD thesis (‘Habilitation’) in Immunology at the Charité. Her ‘dual’ role allowed her to build a large network of international medical centers and pharmaceutical companies along with leading academic intellectual property holders. She has been a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and has successfully applied for grants from both, the DFG and the NIH. She also holds a Master of International Regulatory Affairs and has successfully brought novel therapeutics and diagnostics from the bench to clinical application. Dr. Utku is a co-founder of CellAct Pharma GmbH focusing on development of a novel cancer treatment, licensed from the Pediatrics Department at the Charité. This program has recently been purchased by MundiPharma. Most recently, Dr. Utku founded ImmuSite Inc., a company that addresses the unmet need in autoimmunity and transplant rejection.

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