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Karl Welte and the History of G-CSF

Symposium ,"Disorders of Hematopoiesis"

On behalf of all members of the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hannover Medical School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Symposium ,"Disorders of Hematopoiesis".

In honour of Professor Karl Welte's 65th birthday, we will cover a broad array of topics ranging from basic issues to translational research activities in hematology. All speakers enjoy a special relationship to Professor Welte - either as academic teachers or colleagues.

Please have a look at the cover image of this flyer. The original picture, painted by a little boy with leukemia, immediately attracts attention when a visitor enters Professor Welte's office. It represents a ship in the ocean and may symbolize the picture of a journey of life as well.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944) once wrote: "If you want to build a ship, do not assemble workers around you to collect wood and to distribute individual tasks, but teach them the longing for the wide horizons of the ocean."

The professional life of Professor Karl Welte has always been determined by his curious endeavours to go beyond the limits of our knowledge, in continuous search for a better understanding of the biological mechanisms governing the differentiation of blood cells. As physician- scientist he has always been committed to use his knowledge to help sick children and their families. He taught his characteristic "longing for the wide horizons of the ocean" to his colleagues. In this spirit, we are looking forward to a stimulating scientific program!

Christoph Klein MD PhD, Hannover Medical School

Flyer: Symposium ,"Disorders of Hematopoiesis"

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