Big Bang Sessions

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Monday 25 September
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11.10-12.40             BIG BANG 1 | TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED  MEDICINE

CREATORS: Pietro Cippà, Zurich, Switzerland and Olivier Thaunat, Lyon, France

We are living in an fast moving age, where the convergence of rapidly developing technologies are enabling new capabilities with the potential to radically improve and disrupt our day to day life. In this session we invite you to have a glance into the crystal ball to see how the future of transplantation looks like. You will learn a CRISPR way to engineer the human genome and how we will soon operate patients from within thanks to nanorobot surgeons."

Lectures :

  • A CRISPR way to engineer the human genome.
  • Operating from within: nanorobotic surgery.
  • How do we exploit best brain in tech, science and med to have a global impact!

 

16:00 -17:00            BIG BANG 2 | VALUE AND COSTS OF SCIENCE AND PATIENT CARE IN TRANSPLANTATION: THE UNWANTED TRUTH

CREATORS: Stefan Schneeberger, Innsbruck, Austria and Dorry Segev, Baltimore, United States

Lectures :

  • The price for progress.
  • The changing circumstances in health care and their consequences.
  • The price for patients satisfaction.

 

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Tuesday 26 September
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11.10-12.40             BIG BANG 3 | INNOVATION IN IMMUNOMEDICATION: THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

CREATORS: Josep Maria Grinyó, Barcelona, Spain and Olivier Thaunat, Lyon, France

Putting their steps in those of Dr Frankenstein, scientists have started stitching disparate biological pieces to create new therapeutic opportunities. Far from Sci-Fi fantasies, these therapeutic innovations have already shown promising results in the field of cancer therapy. Their potential to revolutionize solid organ transplantation will be scrutinized during this Big Bang session.

 

16.00-17.00             BIG BANG 4 | AGEING AND IMMORTALITY

CREATORS: Maarten Naesens, Leuven, Belgium and Olivier Thaunat, Lyon, France

In this session, we discuss the changing demographics of donors and recipients, and the impact on transplantation (organ quality, ischemia-reperfusion injury and immunosenescence). Transplant allocation organisations are implementing age-matching in their allocation procedures. The benefits and the potential drawbacks of these important changes are discussed. In addition, the biology of ageing, and the concept of accelerated ageing after transplantation is covered in BB4, with illustrations of the great relevance of ageing for the future of patients and grafts. Finally, we evaluate innovative ways to halt or slow down these ageing processes, and discover the clues to immortality.

Lectures :

  • Older graft, older recipients, young ideas.
  • Accelerated ageing after transplantation.
  • Halting aging: the science of rejuvenation.