Retreat 2014

The close of the clinical research group "Regulation and dysregulation of skeletal muscle growth" (DFG, KFO 192) by the end of 2014 offered an ideal opportunity to bring together once more all members of the KFO and the related International Research Training Group for Myology – MyoGrad (DFG, GRK 1631).
The retreat took place from Dec. 14-16, 2014 on the island of Schwanenwerder on lake Wannsee in the southwest of Berlin. Senior and junior scientists presented and discussed latest research results, shared experiences within the different KFO and MyoGrad groups and reflected on future projects. Various international experts presented state-of-the-art lectures and shared their views with the programs' doctoral students. The meeting was also dedicated to further strengthen the cooperation between the muscle research activities in Paris and in Berlin.


Evangelische Bildungsstätte
auf Schwanenwerder
Inselstraße 27-28
14129 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 803 54 86
Fax:     +49 30 803 69 61
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Sunday, Dec. 14

13:00 - 14:00


Friedrich C. Luft
Simone Spuler

14:45 - 16:00
Structural elements of skeletal muscle
Introduction PI: Michael Gotthardt and Gisèle Bonne
Postdocs and PhD students: Christopher Pollack, Laurianne Davignon, Maria Chatzifrangkeskou, Esma Ziat, Martina Fischer, Christine Technau, William Roman, and Petra Gimpel

16:15 - 17:00
Guest lecture

"Pathophysiology of titin-based muscle diseases" (Sigrid Labeit, Anesthesiology and Intensive Operative Medicine, University Hospital Mannheim)


Monday, Dec. 15

09:00 - 10:00
Muscle growth regulation by BMPs
Introduction PI: Helge Amthor and Petra Knaus
Postdocs and PhD students: Elja Schirwis and Amalia Stantzou

10:00 - 11:00
Muscle and surrounding tissues
Introduction PI: Sigmar Stricker and Delphine Duprez
Postdocs and PhD students: Jürgen Stumm, Pedro Vallecillo Mickael Orgeur, and Joana Esteves de Lima

11:00 - 12:00
Introduction PI: Simone Spuler
Postdocs and PhD students: Verena Schöwel, Susanne Philippi, Leonie Heidt, Jakub Malcher, Alessandro Betancourt, Séverine Kunz, and Helena Escobar
12:15 - 13:00
Guest lecture
"RNA splicing" (Florian Heyd, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freie Universität Berlin)

13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:45
Guest lecture

"Alternative splicing in muscle" (Thomas Braun, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim)

14:45 - 15:30
Statin myopathy
Introduction PI: Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thießen
Postdocs and PhD students: Stefanie Grunwald

15:30 - 16:00
Molecular mechanims of myalgias
Introduction PI: Gary Lewin
Postdocs and PhD students: Rabih Moshourab, Vinko Palada

16:30 - 17:30
What a drop can tell
Introduction PI: Stefan Kempa
Postdocs and PhD students: Henning Kuich, Tobias Opialla, and Henning Langer


Tuesday, Dec. 16

09:00 - 10:30
Satellite cells
Introduction PI: Carmen Birchmeier and Fred Relaix
Postdocs and PhD students: Joscha Griger, Despoina Mademtzoglou, Jie-Shin Chen, Andreas Marg
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00
Critical illness myopathy

Postdocs and PhD students: Tobias Wollersheim, Joanna Schneider, Salyan Bhattarai

11:00 - 12:00
Guest lecture
"Protein degradation in critical illness myopathy" (N.N.)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and departure