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28.11.2018 To 30.11.2018

The Art of Failure: Regenerative Therapies from Experimental Skethces to Clinical Masterpieces

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BSRT Symposium 2018

Nowadays, many key players in science call for an open approach to failure and propose embracing it to learn and improve. We have therefore dedicated the BSRT Symposium 2018 to the ‘Art of Failure’ in the field of Regenerative Therapy research.

Science often shines like a masterpiece. However, in this unique Symposium we draw attention to the ‘smears’ in the scientific ‘paintings’. By covering aspects of body failure, its limited ability to regenerate and how to address this failure by therapeutic approaches, we warmly encourage our keynote speakers and participants to discuss the failures behind their results. 

This Symposium will explore failure in Regenerative Therapy research from two different perspectives.

Science perspective

Causes of failure in regeneration will be discussed, highlighting natural influences of cellular aging and microbial infections. The inherent potential of the body to deal with failure will be illustrated by focusing on immune reactions as well as cellular and tissue regeneration. Moreover, a colorful palette of strategies that support regeneration will be displayed, from nature- to technology-inspired solutions. Lastly, the critical steps in translating promising therapies into clinical applications will be portrayed.

Scientists’ perspective

The omnipresent pressure on scientists to quickly publish their research results is widely known. However, scientific research often encounters failure and achieving the successful final masterpiece becomes a frustrating time-consuming process. During this Symposium, we will explore how these two conflicting realities influence scientists and the quality of science. We will question and debate our fears of failure in order to understand and embrace them as essential elements of research and as an opportunity to learn and improve.

Organizational and administrative matters


Jonathan Kimmelmann (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Georgios Kararigas (Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany)
Thomas Bjarnsholt (University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Leif Sander (Charité - University Medicine, Berlin, Germany)
Fabrisia Ambrosio (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)
Tatiana Sandoval Guzmán (Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany)
Sabine Middendorp (University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Daniel J. Kelly (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Graziella Pellegrini (Centre for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari", Modena, Italy)

Panel Discussion
“Lessons from the Phoenix: why do we fear failure?

Ulrich Dirnagl (Moderator - Charité – University Medicine & Quest Center (BIH), Berlin, Germany)
Stuart Firestein (Columbia University, New York, United States)
Craig Garner (Charité – University Medicine, Berlin, Germany)
Dirk Mielenz (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Martin Reinhart (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Event organizer

Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies


Cranach House, Föhrer Str. 15, 13353 Berlin


Symposium Hompage:


Berlin-Brandenurg School for Regenerative Therapies
Phone: +49 30 450 539 417
E-Mail: bsrt-symposium(at)
Augustenburger Platz
113353 Berlin

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