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 IV 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.