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News, Leipzig, Medicine and healthcare
29 Sep 2015

Leipzig, the medicine location: groundbreaking research and a popular centre for the exchange of knowledge

This year Leipzig is demonstrating its reputation as an important location for medicine in Germany with two impressive highlights. The Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig is celebrating its 600th anniversary, and the 3,000th stem cell transplant at the University Hospital of Leipzig (UKL) represents an important milestone in the battle against leukemia. A look at the convention calendar confirms the great role that the field of competence revolving around medicine and bioscience plays for Leipzig.

 

600 years of history - a foundation for the future

This year it was exactly 600 years ago that the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig was founded. That makes it the second oldest educational institution for medicine in Germany that has been teaching continuously. With its 21 institutes, centres and departments, it is one of the largest research facilities of its kind Germany-wide. At the same time, it has shaped an entire city district in the southeastern part of the centre of Leipzig with the medical quarter: as a modern educational and research centre, as one of the largest employers in the region and as a host for international specialist conferences.  


New findings from cutting-edge research are transferred to medical practice at the University Hospital of Leipzig (UKL). Every year the 27 clinics and polyclinics as well as eight institutes with over 6,000 employees treat and care for roughly 350,000 people as in-patients and out-patients.


Numerous other facilities, such as the cardiology centre Herzzentrum Leipzig, the City Hospital St. Georg, which was already founded in 1212, the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI as well as the interdisciplinary BIO CITY LEIPZIG illustrate the high medical quality of the location.

 

Stem cell therapy: Worldwide focus on Leipzig

The front-ranking medical competence of Leipzig is evident not only in the number of renowned facilities, but above all in the first-class results in research and therapy that attract attention internationally. For example, the 3,000th bone marrow transplant on a leukemia patient was performed at the University Hospital of Leipzig (UKL) in 2015. The procedure was successfully performed under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dietger Niederwieser, Director of the Department for Hematology and Medical Oncology at UKL and simultaneously President of the Worldwide Network for Blood & Marrow Transplantation (WBMT). That event, which proves that UKL is one of the leading medical facilities in that field, was recognised with a celebratory symposium with international experts in attendance.


Quite logically, the excellent reputation of Leipzig as a centre of medicine and of the individuals working actively there makes itself felt in the convention calendar of the city with the largest population in Saxony. For example, in 2016 Leipzig will be hosting the Annual Conference of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies for Hematology and Medical Oncology for the second time; more than 4,000 participants are expected to attend. Among other things, awarding the convention to Leipzig is recognition of the competence of the hematologists working there under Prof. Dr. Niederwieser. 

 

Strong partner network for top-calibre events

Dietger Niederwieser is one of almost 30 physicians and scientists who were honoured as “Ambassadors of the Convention City Leipzig”. As “ambassadors” they are committed to doing outstanding work on behalf of the development of Leipzig as a convention destination and have attracted several important conferences to the city in their respective specialist fields.


One of the typical characteristics of Leipzig is that active players and service providers in the convention sector are networked particularly well and closely with the university, with scientific institutes as well as representatives of important industry clusters. The pacemaker in this context is the initiative called “Feel the spirit … do-it-at-leipzig.de”. That strong network has brought together almost 50 companies, such as convention centres, event locations, hotels as well as agencies and mobility planners, which are working together under the leadership of Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH.


The newest member of do-it-at-leipzig.de is KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo, a modern conference centre in a historical venue right in the city centre of Leipzig which is operated by the experienced team of Congress Center Leipzig. Eeven before it opened, international and national specialist societies from the fields of neurology, cardiology, paediatrics and bioscience, among others, already indicated their interest in holding conferences amid the special ambiance of that establishment and submitted inquiries for dates up to and including the year 2020.


In Leipzig made-to-measures solutions for conventions and conferences are nothing special: they are a matter of course that is put into practice. Accordingly, the partners of do-it-at-leipzig.de jointly advocate high standards at the convention destination Leipzig and organisers benefit from the best possible services as well as diverse networks.

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