Summary of Fraunhofer Seminar "Models of Lung Disease" 2017
On January 19 and 20, 2017, the 16th Fraunhofer seminar “Models of Lung Disease” was held in the Clinical Research Center (CRC) Hannover. It was organized once again by Fraunhofer ITEM in cooperation with the German Center for Lung Research (DZL). With over 130 people from 15 countries, this year’s seminar was booked out. Renowned international experts in translational lung research from industry and academia got together for the 16th time to discuss new developments in experimental lung research and compare different models and approaches. The program was finalized by several guided tours offered by Fraunhofer ITEM to a variety of its non-clinical and clinical departments.
Different disease areas, including asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung infection and exacerbation, were addressed in selected presentations. Different phases of research were covered: from basic research via preclinical models to early-phase clinical trials. The focus was on the exact mechanisms of pathogenesis and disease progression. Furthermore, methodological aspects such as imaging and biomarker development were also included. During the poster session, participants in addition had the opportunity to discuss the 20 exhibited scientific posters with the authors.
The great relevance of experimental lung research
Lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, lung infection, fibrosis, and tumors are major health problems in Western societies. Translational research aims to develop a better understanding of the disease mechanism in order to implement predictive disease models. Such models are the essential prerequisite for the development of new therapies. Presentations of translational research projects, which form the link between preclinical development and clinical research, and lectures from a broad diversity of other disciplines formed a platform enabling insights into different mechanisms of lung diseases and triggering discussions about possible therapeutic approaches.
Fraunhofer ITEM division director and main organizer of the workshop, Armin Braun (Fraunhofer ITEM; see photo), gave a warm welcome to 22 speakers, 11 exhibitors and all other the participants. He underlined the international importance of translational research in the area of lung diseases and thus was pleased to host a workshop with 33 percent international and 67 percent German participants.