Gut ist eine Lehrart, wo man vom Bekannten
zum Unbekannten fortschreitet; schön ist sie, wenn sie sokratisch ist, d.i.
wenn sie dieselben Wahrheiten aus dem Kopf und Herzen des Zuhörers herausfragt.
Bei der ersten werden dem Verstand seine Überzeugungen in Form abgefordert,
bei der zweiten sie ihm abgelockt.
Professor Friederich Schiller Jena, in a letter written on 23 February 1793
to his friend and supporter Korner, father of the poet Theodor Korner.
Established clinicians and scientists as well as students again tried the
Wilsede experiment for three days and nights and learned from each other.
In our fourth Wilsede meeting on Modern Trends in Human Leukemia" we concentrated
once again on questions regarding the practical application of research
and its benefits to the patient. The main emphasis of leukemia rcsearch
has changed since the first Wilsede meeting in 1973. Virology is no longer
the sole interest. Advances in immunology and cell genetics and abetter
Dr. h. c. Alfred Toepfer speeking with participants of the meeting in
the mechanisms regulating normal and pathological blood cell differentiation
have had a considerable impact on the direction of leukemia research. I
would like to thank all chairmen for their efforts in organizing a program
which included most of the important results and also future aspects of
human leukemia. We have learned at the Wilsede meeting that the individual
fields of interest raise similar cell biological questions, the solution
of which require increasing efforts for multidisciplinary collaboration.
At the next Wilsede meeting in 1982 new insights certainly will have become
apparent through additional knowledge in the field of cytogenetics of cancer
cells and through new possibilities in the application of monoclonal antibodies
and purification of specific regulatory proteins with inhibitory and stimulating
effects on blood cell differentiation. During the meeting we usually stayed
in De Emmenhoff in Wilsede. We would like to express our gratitude to all
Wilsede people for their hospitality and also to the Verein Naturschutzpark
e.V., and last but not least to Dr. Alfred Toepfer and his associates for
their idealistic efforts to preserve this peaceful place for us.