Kind-Philipp-Foundation for Research in Pediatric Oncology

XXXV. Annual Meeting

June 5th – June 8th, 2024

Dear Colleagues,

After an excellent Kind-Philipp-Meeting in 2023, we are looking forward to next year’s meeting all the more. It will take place in Wilsede, Germany, from Wednesday, June 5th until Saturday, June 8th, 2024. We look forward to seeing you all for a stimulating meeting covering all aspects of pediatric cancer and leukemia. You will find a lot of information here on our website, including the registration form and abstract guidelines.

Best regards,
Martin Stanulla, Rolf Marschalek, Jan-Henning Klusmann, Olaf Heidenreich

Kind-Philipp-Presentation Award

In order to promote ambitious and motivated young scientists, we have installed the Kind-Philipp-Presentation Award. The prize was first awarded in 2016 and acknowledges the best presentation at the Kind-Philipp-Meeting, regarding not only the data included in their abstract, but also the future perspective of their project and their presentation skill.

Winner of the Kind-Philipp-Presentation Award 2023 was Carla Panisello from the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC) in Barcelona, Spain. The title of her presentation was „An innovative tailored CAR T cell-redirecting immunotherapy for the treatment of metastatic and refractory Ewing Sarcoma“. Congratulations!

Also in 2024, the session chairs of the Kind-Philipp-Meeting will select a new awardee.

Why meeting in Wilsede makes a difference

Wilsede is a very special place: scientists from all over Europe arrive in Undeloh (near Hamburg) and take horse-drawn carriages that transport them to Wilsede, passing a unique landscape (Lueneburg Heath) along the way. Wilsede itself also offers a distinctive scenery: old houses with thatched roofs, a restaurant and the spacious Wilsede barn that is the congress site. Participants can enjoy three days of cancer science surrounded by a charming atmosphere, with nice accomodation and “local cuisine”, including the famous grilled German Black Heath mutton (Heidschnucke).

For more than 30 years, in the early days of June, cancer researchers meet here to share their findings. Wilsede is an especially excellent opportunity for young researchers in the field of pediatric cancer. In a climate of trust and confidence, their latest research can be discussed with experienced colleagues. Everyone who has ever had the chance to attend one of these meetings wants to return. This is the spirit of our annual Wilsede meetings. We warmly invite you to become a part of it.

What to expect – Meeting and Keynote speakers

The Kind-Philipp-Meeting was established as a scientific and educational program at the interface of basic and clinical research in pediatric hematology and oncology. Advances in molecular techniques and immunotherapy are rapidly causing novel insights into the biology and therapeutic perspectives of pediatric cancer. Diagnoses using molecular techniques are also allowing us to distinguish distinct subgroups within cancer types and to identify patients with different disease behavior and prognosis.

The Kind-Philipp-Meeting covers all these aspects of pediatric hematology and oncology, including molecular and functional features of cancer cells, the role of somatic and germ-line mutations and epigenetic alterations in the biology and pathogenesis of cancer, advances in molecular diagnostics and novel therapeutic agents. The interactive nature of the meeting allows PhD students, postdocs and medical students from all over Europe to share their novel and unpublished biological, genomic, epigenetic or clinical data on leukemias and solid cancers.

Three keynote lectures from internationally renowned scientists will provide an overview of the status of the field and novel insights into cutting-edge technologies and cancer pathogenesis.

The Kind-Philipp-Meeting promotes informal interaction and ample discussion between young and established scientists and clinicians working in the field. The target audience will comprise of leading scientists, PhD students, medical students, basic scientists, physician-scientists, as well as clinicians with an interest in the field.

Professor Brian Huntly

Professor of Leukaemia Stem Cell Biology,
Head of Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge, UK

Lecture: „Aberrant Gene Regulatory Complexes In Leukemia“

Florian Heidel, Prof. Dr. med.

Director of the Clinic for Hematology, Hemostaseology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Lecture: „Effectors of oncogenic signaling”

Anton Henssen, Prof. Dr. med.

Head of preclinical research, Attending Physician,
Pediatrician, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Lecture: „Extrachromosomal Oncogene Amplification in Cancer”

Katrin Ottersbach, Prof. Dr. med.

Professor of Developmental Haematology / Cancer Research UK Fellow,
The University of Edinburgh, UK

Lecture: „The developmental origin and biology of infant leukemia”

Prof. Dr. med. M. Stanulla

Prof. Dr. med. J.-H. Klusmann

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. R. Marschalek

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. O. Heidenreich

Why we set this up

We are the organization team – passionate researchers ourselves and, most importantly, frequent visitors of Kind-Philipp-Meetings in the past. We fell in love with the location and with the spirit of leaving everyday business behind. We enjoy focusing on science without distraction, and our venue, the Emhoff, is truly a retreat. Every meeting, a keynote lecturer explains cutting edge knowledge to young scientists. The sessions are kept on a strict schedule to allow for ongoing discussions after the talks. Wilsede thus fosters scientific friendship and provides a great platform for young researchers to showcase their work.

We are indebted to a number of organizations and companies who, through their financial contributions, were and continue to be very important to this meeting. Therefore, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to these supporters whose valuable assistance enables us to continue and grow our successful meeting on childhood cancer research.

Scientific Program

As in 2023, the 35th GPOH Kind-Philipp-Meeting will again cover the important and novel aspects of pediatric hematology and oncology. We are also looking forward to our four keynote lectures such as Brian Huntly, Florian Heidel, Anton Henssen and Katrin Ottersbach. The program will also leave room for informal interaction and ample discussion between young and established scientists and clinicians working in the field.

Organizational Notes

Travel information

The journey by train is to/from Handeloh. The train station can be easily reached by trains from Hamburg and Hannover, so that everyone can plan their journey (by plane or train) individually and avoid long waiting times because of a shared bus.

From/to Handeloh we will offer a continuous shuttle service from 12:00 to 18:00 on the day of arrival and from 11:00 to 14:00 on the day of departure. If you need a shuttle outside of these times, you can simply inform the organizers.


Parking is available in Undeloh on the public parking area next to the “Undeloher Hof”

Transport to Wilsede

Starting from 16:30, horse-drawn carriages will be ready in Undeloh (public parking area) for the transport to Wilsede (after arrival of the buses). However, it is also possible to rent bikes (e.g. at Hotel “Heiderose”).

Registration and accommodation

Registration will open at 16:00 in Undeloh (in front of the “Heide Imbiss”) and in Wilsede (Emmhof). During registration, you will be allocated to your accommodation. Please contact the registration desk in Undeloh first. People staying in Wilsede will be informed and referred to the registration desk in Wilsede.

Register now!

Registration will be open until May 1st, 2024.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Wilsede. The easiest way to register is through our online registration form. Please enter your personal data (mandatory) and upload your abstract (optional). After submitting your registration we will send you a confirmation email. The registration fee for this meeting is 250,- EUR and includes accomodation, meals and bus transfer. Please transfer the full amount to our bank account shortly after submitting your registration. Your registration will only be complete after the necessary payment. Thanks for your cooperation!

If you would like to present your scientific work at our meeting, please use our abstract submission form in addition to your registration.

Registration fee:

250,- EUR

Bank details:

Account Holder: GPOH ZDM gGmbH
IBAN: DE76 3006 0601 0046 5982 69
Bank: APO Bank
Reason for Transfer: KPM_[YOUR NAME]

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