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. 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 mind-controlled 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).