1st YES Meeting

YES Meeting was born in 2006 after a pioneer idea of a fellow student of ours. Despite being considered by many a megalomanous concept, with the support of our Faculty, and some Firms that believed in the value of this idea the Meeting started to take shape.

It was a totally innovative project in Portugal and it attracted speakers from some of the major reference centers in the world since the very beginning.

In its first edition, there were sessions on Arterial Hypertension, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic heart failure, Cyclin History, Oncology – Learning from lab… Improving patients care, Sexual disfunctions - Men and Women approach: from brain to genitalia, HIV, Ischemic heart disease, Pain: Multidisciplinary approach, Immunology: From bench to bedside, Research? Yeah, but where? University, Industry or Biotech park? and Stem as the cell.

Regarding the invited speakers, among several Professors from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto and Portuguese Scientists working abroad such as Prof. Alcino Silva or Prof. Fernando Lopes da Silva, we also had in Porto Prof. Ferenc Follath from the University of Zurich and Sir Richard Timothy Hunt who won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

2nd YES Meeting

In its second edition, held from the 27th to the 29th of September, YES Meeting continued to count on the strong support from the professors form the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. An important step towards its international recognition was given by establishing international partnerships with other students Meetings.

The scientific sessions focused on Diabetes mellitus, Endothelium, Thyroid Pathology, Arterial Hypertension, Asthma, Ischemic Heart Disease, Ethics in Scientific Publication, Immunomodulation, Oncobiology, Chronic Pain, Hematology, Stroke and Osteoarticular Pain.

The participation of international speakers was much more significant and, among others, we could count with the participation of Prof. Eleftheria Zeggini from the Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Prof. Curtis L. Triplitt from the University of Texas Health Science Center and Prof. Marshall Devor from the Department for Cell and Animal Biology, Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The highlight of this edition was the lecture on “Ethics in Scientific Publication” given by Prof. João Lobo Antunes.

3rd YES Meeting

In its third edition, held from the 26th to the 28th of September, YES Meeting had sessions on: Neurodegenerative Diseases, Oncobiology, Regenerative Medicine, Human Transplantation, Heart Failure and Model Organisms.

The Keynote Speaker was Prof. Göran Andersson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, who talked about “Adipose Inflammation and Obesity”.

Other remarkable speakers were Prof. Flaviano Giorgini from the University of Leicester, UK; Prof. Adriano Aguzzi from the Institute of Neuropathology, University Hospital of Zurich, SWI; Prof. Leif Oxburgh from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, USA; Prof. Kareem Abu-Elmagd from the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, USA; Prof. Tomas Prolla from the University of Wiscosin-Madison, USA; Prof. Walter Paulus from the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, NL; Prof. William Little from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA; Prof. Michael Hengartner from the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Zurich, SWI and Prof. Anton Scheurink from the University Medical Center, Groningen, NL.

4th YES Meeting

The fourth edition of YES Meeting took place at Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida, Porto from the 25th to the 27th September 2009. This year was a turning point to YES Meeting due to a change in the scientific sessions scheme with the introduction of six constant areas on which the lectures should focus on.

The six main areas of basic and clinical research were the following: Obesity, Reproductive Medicine, Surgery, Tuberculosis, Cellular Tensegrity and Biomaterials, as well as a Keynote Lecture and the Nobel Prize Winner Session.

Our Keynote Speaker was Prof. Russel Foster from the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford, UK, who gave a lecture on “Chronobiology”.

Other notable speakers included Prof. Lee Kaplan from Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School, who discussed the metabolic implications in weight-loss surgery; Prof. Jan Kajstura from Brigham Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, whose work focuses on Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Therapy regarding cardiac stem cells; Prof. Donald Ingber from Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, who gave a speech about The Tensegrity Cell Model; Prof. Andrew Thorns from St Christopher’s Hospice, King’s College, who discussed ethical and medical issues regarding palliative care and euthanasia; and Prof. Sylvie Testelin from Hospital Edouard Herriot, Université Lyon, who brought to us the newest techniques on facial transplant.

One of the highlights of the 4th YES Meeting was the Nobel Prize Winner Session with Prof. Rolf Zinkernagel, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for his discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defences.

5th YES Meeting

The fifth edition of YES Meeting took place at Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida, Porto from the 24th to the 26th September 2010.

It covered six main areas of basic and clinical research: Chronic Pain, Evolution in Medicine, Robotic Medicine, Ischemic Heart Disease, Stem Cells and Oncological Therapy, as well as a Keynote Lecture and a Nobel Prize Winner Session.

Our Keynote Speaker was Prof. Paul Wilkinson from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and co-Director of the Centre for Global Change and Health of the WHO, discussing the impacts of climate change on health.

Other notable speakers included Prof. Noel Boaz and Prof. David Haig from the International Institute of Human Evolutionary Research, USA and Harvard University, respectively, who discussed the importance of evolutionary medicine and anthropology; Prof. Paolo Machiarinni, who successfully developed a technique for human trachea transplantation; Prof. Paolo Rossini presented his results with robotic hand control in human amputees; Prof. Kieran Clarke, Principal Scientist in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford, discussed stem cell therapy for the infarcted heart.

One of the highlights of the 5th YES Meeting was the Nobel Prize Winner Session with Prof. Aaron Ciechanover who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 for his work regarding the ubiquitinproteasome system.

6th YES Meeting

The sixth edition of YES Meeting took place at Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida, Porto from the 16th to the 18th September 2011.

The Meeting focused on the following areas of basic and clinical research: Bone Marrow, Brain-Machine Interface, Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery, NOTES and Ageing as well as a Keynote Lecture.

The Keynote Speaker was Prof. Reinhard Fassler from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany who covered the genetic aspects of integrin biology.

Some of the speakers of the 6th edition were Prof. Gero Hütter from the University of Heidelberg, who received major public attention for the cure of a HIV patient and discussed the implications of Bone Marrow Transplantation in HIV; Prof. Mikhail Lebedev from the Nicolelis Lab, Duke University, presented astonishing results with brain-machine interfaces in monkeys; Prof. Mark Caulfield, former president of the British Society of Hypertension, who gave his insight into renal nerve sympathectomy as a treatment for resistant hypertension; Prof. Robert Montgomery, Director of Transplantation Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, gave a lecture on transvaginal donor nephrectomy; Prof. Rudi Westendorp from the University of Leiden, Netherlands, mastered a very thought-provoking discussion on “Old Men and the Future”.

7th YES Meeting

The seventh edition of YES Meeting took place at Faculty of Medicine from the University of Porto, from the 14th to the 16th September 2012.

The Meeting focused on the following areas of basic and clinical research: Micro & Nanoparticles, Diabetes, Reproductive Medicine, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Borders of Consciousness, Primary Care as well as a Keynote Lecture and an innovative Breaking News Session.

The Keynote Speaker invited was Prof. Klaus Starke from the “Institut für experimentelle und klinische Pharmakologie und Toxikologie”, Germany.

The Breaking News Session was held by Janine Heutschi from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland and focused on the advances of the regeneration of spinal cord injuries.

Some of the speakers of the 7th edition were Prof. Jan Bruining from the University of Erasmus in Rotterdam, most known for being a pionner on pediatric diabetes and for first describing the existence of anti-insulin antibodies as well as Glycated hemoglobin; Prof. Stephan Gillam, Cambridge University, presented the British health pay-per-performance system; Prof. Johan Skog, from the Neurosciences Departament of the University of Harvard discussed the use of exossomes in the diagnosis of cerebral cancer;

Many other speaker were present such as Prof. Rebecca Dragovic, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics , Oxford University; Prof. Steven Laureys, Coma Science Group e Dept. of Neurology, Liège; Prof. Fazel Fatah, President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons among others.

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8th YES Meeting

The eighth edition of YES Meeting took place at Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, from the 19th to the 22nd September 2013.

The Meeting focused on the following areas of basic and clinical research: Oncology and Molecular Biology, Ischemia and Acute Stroke Imaging, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Malaria, Lysosomal Storage Disorders and Humanizing Medical Care. Furthermore, this edition comprised a groundbreaking Nobel Prize Session and “Speed Meeting with Scientists”.

The Nobel Prize Session was held by the illustrious Prof. Ada Yonath, the world pioneer of ribosome crystallography, from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Some notable speakers of the 8th edition were Eng. Tal Golesworthy, a Chartered Engineer with aortic dilatation due to Marfan’s Syndrome who throve to build the first personalised external aortic root support model; Prof. Hélder Maiato, Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Porto, who put a stop on mitosis by interfering with the mitotic spindle and Prof. Gregory Pastores, from the University of Yale, engaged in the development and testing of treatment for Lysosomal Storage Diseases.

The 2013 edition of the Meeting included as well the presence of Prof. David Tannahill, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge; Prof. Krishna Dani, Glasgow University; Prof. Andrea Banfi, Laboratory of Cell & Gene Therapy, Basel University Hospital; Prof. Maria Mota, Malaria Research Group, IMM; Salmaan Sana, COM-passion for Care; Prof. Jorge Cruz, Catholic University of Porto and Prof. Jorge Correia-Pinto, Medical Sciences School of the University of Minho.

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9th YES Meeting

From the 18th to the 21st of September 2014 the ninth edition of YES Meeting was held at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto.

The speaker for the 9th edition’s keynote session was Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira, the President of the European Society of Pathology, who was the winner of the Douglas Lucas Medal 2014, the most prestigious prize in the Forensic Pathology area worldwide.

One of the highlights of the 9th YES Meeting was the presence of Professor John Kheir (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School) presenting his work on intravenous oxygen administration. In the same session Professor Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu (Babes-Bolyai University) talked about blood substitutes.

Rachel Waddingham (London Hearing Voices Project) and Professor Michael Bloomfield (Imperial College London) enlightened the audience about schizophrenia. Moreover, Professor Julian Yates (University of Manchester) and Denis Dufrane (Saint Luc Clinic Hospital) were responsible for a lecture about Regenerative Medicine.

Other remarkable moment was the Ophtalmic Surgery session, in which Professor Venkata Avadhanam (Sussex University Hospital) presented the complex and rare osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis surgery.

Furthermore, the 2014 edition of the meeting included lectures from Professor Carlos Caldas (Cancer Research Cambridge Institute) and Professor Inês Gonçalves (INEB) regarding oncology as well as the presence of Professor Martin Hallbeck (Linkoping University) and Helois Radford-Rose (University of Leicester) who talked about neurodegenerative diseases.

In addition to these speakers, YES counted with Professor Carlos Fiolhais and his lecture on Scientific Fraud Throughout History and also with a lecture by Professor João Lobo Antunes on Science Integrity.

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10th YES Meeting

The tenth edition of YES Meeting took place at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, from the 17th to the 20th September 2015. The congress had an attendance of 450 biomedical students of worldwide origin who gathered in Porto for this year’s meeting.

One of the meeting’s major highlights was the Nobel Prize Session, which counted with the presence of Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize laureate for his studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.

Another high point was the Spinoza Prize Session, lectured by Professor Frits Rosendaal, who won this prize in 2002. The Professor addressed the risk factors for deep venous thrombosis and acute myocardial infarction.

The 10th YES Meeting also included one of the hot topics of the moment. In the Gynecologic/ Obstetric Surgery Session, Dr. Randa Akouri, clinician at the Universitary Hospital of Sahlgrenska, talked about the first human uterine transplantation resulting in successful childbirth. In the same session, Professor Stephan Gordts, teacher at the University of Leuven, introduced the transvanginal laparoscopy technique, which he pioneered.

This year the Neurosciences Session counted with the presence of Professor Alim-Louis Benabid (Lasker Award winner of 2014), who talked about his discovery of deep brain stimulation and Dr. March Folcher, researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of technology, lectured about a synthetic mindcontrolled gene switch device.

Moreover, this year’s edition also included lectures about innovative cancer treatments, delivered by Professor Dmitri Lapotko (Rice University) and Professor Magnus Essand (Uppsala University), lectures about epilepsy, given by Professor Heinz Beck and Professor Christian Elger (both from Bönn University). Dr. Ilan Youngster (Harvard Medical School) shared his expertise in fecal transplants and the same scientific session counted with Dr. Manson Fok (Dean of the Macau University of Science & Technology).

Finally, this year had an Infectous Disease Session lectured by Dr. Mario Raviglione, the director of the global tuberculosis programme at the WHO and Dr. Fernando Garcês (The Scripps Research Institute).

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11th YES Meeting

The eleventh edition of YES Meeting took place at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, from the 15th to the 18th September 2016. The congress had an attendance of more than 450 biomedical students of worldwide origin who gathered in Porto for this year’s meeting.

The 11th YES Meeting Pre-Course was organized in a joint effort with Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the Global Tuberculosis Programme at the WHO (World Health Organization) and speaker at the 10th edition of the congress. The Global Health Day addressed many relevant issues, such as Global Health Issues, Mental Health, Epidemics & Outbreaks, and Career Opportunities in Global Health.

This year’s edition counted with the presence of two Nobel Prize laureates. Professor Harald zur Hausen was laureated with the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer. Professor Werner Arber was laureated in 1978 for his discovery of the restriction enzymes. The 11th YES Meeting also included a Lasker Award Session given by Professor Jeffrey Friedman, who received the 2010 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for the discovery of the hormone leptin.

The 11th YES Meeting addressed one of the hottest scientific topics of the moment. In the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Session, Dr. Valentino Gantz presented the groundbreaking CRISPR technology. Furthermore, Professor Haifan Lin gave a lecture on Piwi-Interacting RNAs. The Neurosciences Session counted with the presence of Professor Nikolai Axmacher (Ruhr University Bochum), who presented his works on Alzheimer’s disease and Dr. Monica Rosenberg (Yale University), who lectured about predicting attention and behavior with whole-brain functional connectivity studies.

Moreover, this year’s edition included lectures about Interventional Cardiology delivered by Dr. Nora Lang (German Heart Center, Munich) and Dr. Bruno Oliveira (University of Cambridge). Lectures on Organoids were given by Professor Jamie Davies (University of Edinburgh) and Dr. Sylvia Boj (Hubrecht Organoid Technology Foundation). Dr. Martin Meuli (University Children’s Hospital Zurich) shared his expertise in Fetal Surgery, while Professor Juan Tovar (La Paz University Hospital) gave a general perspective of the Pediatric Surgery specialty.

Finally, there was a session on Gender Dysphoria lectured by Professor Domenico Di Ceglie (University College London), Founder and former Director of the Gender Identity Development Service of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Paris Lees, British journalist and international activist for the transgender community’ rights.

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12th YES Meeting

The twelfth edition of YES Meeting took place at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, from the 14th to the 17th of September 2017. More than 500 biomedical students from all over the world gathered in Porto for this year’s conference. For the first time, The YES Meeting has expanded the duration of the congress, providing one additional day of lectures and Poster Sessions to all Presenting and Non-Presenting Students.

The congress started with a Keynote Session lectured by Professor Manuel Sobrinho Simões (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto), who spoke about the path of the Faculty throughout time.

This year’s edition also counted with the presence of the 2009 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, Professor Ada E. Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science). In this session, Professor Ada Yonath lectured the audience about her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome. The Lasker Award Session was lectured by Dr. Nicholas Lydon (BluePrint Medicines), who received the 2009 Albert Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for his discovery of Imatinib, an innovative medicine used to treat Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

The Scientific Programme also included lectures on Neurosciences, given by Professor Grégoire Courtine (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), who is at the forefront of the studies of locomotion neuronal networks, and Professor Rodrigo Quiroga (University of Leicester), who presented his work on memory and visual perception. This year’s Molecular Biology Session lectures were given by Professor Ivan Đikić (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), a renowned scientist working on the role of ubiquitin in a series of molecular and cellular processes, and by Professor Gillian Bates (King’s College London), who has showed us the molecular basis of Huntington’s Disease.

Two of the hottest scientific topics of the moment were particularly discussed on the Biotechnology Session by Dr. Tobias Hasenberg (TissUse), currently studying the Human-on-a-chip technology, and by Dr. Levi Hargrove (Northwestern University), an investigator on the area of bionic prosthesis presented the nature of the recent accomplishments in their areas of study. Psychopathy was the chosen theme for an out-of-the-box Session, which was lectured by Professor James Fallon (University of California), who accidentally discovered that his brain patterns are similar to the ones of psychopaths.

Finally, the Surgery Session, one of the most cherished by our participants, was presented by Dr. Tomoaki Kato (Columbia University Medical Center) and Dr. Mark Sullivan (Oxford University Hospitals), both of them experts on ex vivo surgery based on surgical techniques used to resect tumors and to improve transplantation techniques.

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