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Cologne Summer School in Personalized Medicine
July 5 to 19, 2019


What is Personalized Medicine?

Personalized and precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. During the CSS in Personalized Medicine 2019 in Cologne, we are going to give participants an introduction into the basic concepts, methodologies and applications of personalized Medicine.


The journey of personalized medicine faces ethical and legal challenges of different steps such as research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment by discussing paradigmatic examples including biobanks, genetic tests and gene therapy. Scientific progress in the area of genetics, the completion of the Human Genome Project and the ability to sequence genomes at competitive prices have offered the promise of revolutionizing healthcare and raised important challenges to classical paradigms in the biomedical law and ethics fields. Issues such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and discrimination require particular analysis in this context. In the last years the concept of personalized medicine has been a source of considerable hype and hope. Law and ethics should be important allies to limit the former and potentiate the later.

During our Cologne Summer School program, participants will have the chance to delve into an ocean of personalized medicine taught by scholars of the the University of Cologne and other specialists. The course work will be complemented by social events and activities which give students an insight into German culture.

Enjoy classes with these professors:

  • Univ.- Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. J. Hescheler, Director of the Institute for Neuropysiology, University of Cologne, Personalized Cell Therapy, Personalized Drug Screening, Personalized Cell Medicine 

  • Prof  P. Nürnberg, Ph.D., Cologne Center for Genomics, Technology Plattform of Personalized Medicine  

  • Univ.-Prof. em. Dr. med. Dr. phil. K. Bergdolt, Ethical aspects of personalized Medicine 

  • Prof. Dr. K. Nayernia, International Center for Personalized Medicine, Düsseldorf, Precision Medicine und Personalized Molecular Medicine, Personalized Cancer Medicine, Personalized Reproductive Medicine 

  • Dr. Dr. rer. medic. Saskia Jünger, Dr. med. Amma Yeboah, Laura Harzheim, M. Sc., Mariya Lorke, M.A. Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health, Prediction of Disease Risk - Health Communication and Decision Making

  • Dr. Tatiana Korotkova, Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research Cologne, Hypothalamus, nutrition and personalised medicine

  • Dr. Leo Kurian, Center for Molecular Medicine, Basics of stem cells biology

  • PD. Dr. habil. Filomain Nguemo Institute for Neuropysiology, University of Cologne, Value of Stem Cell and Tissue Models in Heart Repair and Personalized Drug Testing

  • Dr. BFJ Bart van den Bemt, Radboud University Medical Center, Personalized Pharmacotherapy

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Reinhardt, Clinical and Molecular Oncology University Hospital Cologne CECAD Cologne, Targeted Cancer Therapy

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik Saarbrücken, Computational Biology

  • Dr. Rolf Kaiser, Institute for Virology University Hospital Cologne, Projekt geno2pheno Klinik

  • Sebahattin Cirak - assoc. JRG II, Center for Molecular Medicine University of Cologne

  • Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger and team, Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam Digital Health Center, Personalized Medicine

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Lippert, Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam Digital Health Center, Digital Health & Machine Learning

  • Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich, Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam Digital Health Center, Connected Health

Apply now via this online form:
by 31 March 2019 at 6:00 pm (CET) and be part of this unique experience! We look forward to getting to know you next summer!



Victoria Busch, M.A.
Project Coordinator Cologne Summer Schools

Marina Dikova, B.Sc.

Universitätsstraße 22a
50923 Cologne
Phone: +49-221-470 1394
E-Mail: CologneSummerSchools[at]