Review: Graduate Symposium

On Nov 10, 2016, the fifth graduate symposium of the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research took place in the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. This festive symposium takes place annually to celebrate the graduating students that have successfully completed their graduate school curriculum. This year twelve graduate students presented their work in different areas of ageing research like the impact of diabetes on the development of colon cancer or the role of different proteins in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Each session was accompanied by a key note lecture given by an invited, international renowned expert in ageing research, Malene Hansen (Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, USA), David Rubinsztein (Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK), Massimo Zeviani (Cambridge University - Medical Research Council, Mitochondrial Biology Unit, UK) and Jane Hubbard (New York University, USA). Biozol, Nikon, Peprotech and Zymo Research financially supported the one-day symposium.

In 2013, the CECAD Graduate School and the IMPRS on Ageing merged and started the Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research of which the first class now celebrated the successful completion of the three-year PhD program.  Each year, emerging PhD students have the ability to apply for one of the prestigious fellowships that not only offers financial support but also a structured PhD program with lectures about ageing research and career mentoring.