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Symposium on Extracellular Vesicles, May 2015


The symposium on extracellular vesicles and their role in inflammatory processes took place on 7 and 8 May at the Danube University Krems. It not only discussed the central role that microvesicles play as messengers between cells, but also their role as possible diagnostic markers. Professor Phil Stahl briefly summed up the questions that still remain unanswered after more than thirty years of vesicle research.



The highlight of the event was the opening lecture by Prof. Phil Stahl, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Jr. Professor Emeritus. Stahl was the first to publish a paper on the role of vesicular transport in 1983. In his lecture, Stahl gave an overview of the history of extracellular vesicles research and pointed out the still unanswered research questions, particularly the question of the molecular mechanisms and the overriding physiological significance of extracellular vesicles and how this potential could be used for diagnosis and therapy.

The symposium brought together 80 participants from several countries in Krems to discuss the latest findings in an extremely dynamic area of research. The central role of microvesicles as messengers between cells on the one hand and possible diagnostic markers on the other has only become apparent in recent years. In the course of the symposium, a workshop was held to discuss the latest flow cytometric analysis methods of extracellular vesicles.

The program and abstract book can be found here.