The Cologne Aging Conference 2024

From Molecules to Complex Organisms

Welcome to the webpage about the Cologne Aging Conference 2024!
This page includes all the important information about the conference.


Keynote Speakers
  • Pekka Katajisto (Finland)
  • Susanne Mandrup (Denmark)
  • Emma Teeling (Ireland)
  • Ines Thiele (Ireland)
External Speakers
  • Salvador Aznar Benitah (Spain)
  • Della David (United Kingdom)
  • Andrew Dillin (United States, CA)
  • Sara Hägg (Sweden)
  • Jan Hoeijmakers (Netherlands)
  • Jan Karlseder (United States, CA)
  • Eunjung (Alice) Lee  (United States, MA)
  • Ana Martin-Villalba (Germany)
  • Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
  • Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara (Finland)
  • Jan Vijg (United States, NY)
  • Sara Wickström (Germany)
CECAD Speakers
  • Filipe Cabreiro (Germany)
  • Ana García-Sáez (Germany)
  • Ron Jachimowicz (Germany)
  • Anne Schäfer (Germany)
  • Sophie Steculorum (Germany)
  • David Vilchez (Germany)




Monday, January 29th
8:30 Coffee  
  SESSION I CHAIR: Henning Fenselau
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome  
9:05 – 9:50 KEYNOTE: Susanne Mandrup "Transcriptional control of adipogenesis – regulating the master switch" (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
9:50 – 10:20 Sophie Steculorum "Sensory programming of metabolism" (CECAD Cologne, MPI for Metabolism Research, Germany)
10:20 – 10:50 Kazuhiro Nakamura "Age-related ciliopathy: a mechanism of middle-aged obesity" (Nagoya University Grad. School of Medicine, Japan)
10:50 – 11:20 Coffee Break  
  SESSION II CHAIR: Thorsten Hoppe
11:20 – 11:50 Andrew Dillin "The extracellular matrix integrates mitochondrial homeostasis" (University of California Berkeley, USA)
11:50 – 12:20 Della David "Strategies to mitigate age-dependent protein aggregation" (The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
12:20 – 12:50 David Vilchez "Cold temperature delays aging and proteostasis collapse" (CECAD Cologne, Germany)
12:50 – 14:00 Lunch & Poster Session  
14:00 – 14:30 Salvador Aznar Benitah (HYBRID) "Systemic communication during homeostasis and aging: role of circadian rhythms" (IRB, Barcelona, Spain)
14:30 – 15:00 Eunjung (Alice) Lee "Somatic mutation in aging and neurodegeneration" (Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA)
15:00 – 15:30 Ana Martin-Villalba "The molecular secrets of stemness" (DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break  
  SESSION IV CHAIR: Christina Ising
16:00 – 16:30 Anne Schäfer "The operational principles of neuron-microglia circuits" (CECAD Cologne, MPI for Biology of Ageing, Germany)
16:30 – 17:15 KEYNOTE: Pekka Katajisto "Aging of the stem cell niche" (University of Helsinki, Finland and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
From 17:15 Poster session, Pitch your Project & Get-Together at MPI Age  
Tuesday, January 30th
8:30 Coffee  
  SESSION I CHAIR: Gilles Storelli
9:00 – 9:45 KEYNOTE: Ines Thiele "Advancing computational medicine with whole-body metabolic modelling"(National University of Ireland, Galway)
9:45 – 10:15 Filipe Cabreiro "A quirky observation - 15 years of Microbial metabolism and Metformin" (CECAD Cologne, Germany)
10:15 – 10:45 Anu Suomalainen Wartiovaara "Mitochondrial progeria: nuclear DNA instability in stem cells"(University of Helsinki, Finland)
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break  
  SESSION II CHAIR: Stephanie Panier
11:15 – 11:45 Jan Vijg "Somatic mutations in aging and disease" (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA)
11:45 – 12:15 Jan Hoeijmakers "DNA damage and aging, from insight to intervention" (Erasmus University Medical Center and Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, The Netherlands, CECAD Cologne, Germany)
12:15 – 12:45 Ron Jachimowicz "Human genome instability syndromes: Shedding light on DNA repair defects, ageing and cancer" (CECAD Cologne, MPI for Biology of Ageing, Germany)
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch AND/OR Postdoc/PhD Event  
  SESSION III CHAIR: Mauro Corrado
14:00 – 14:30 Jan Karlseder "Telomere to mitochondria signaling regulates replicative crisis and prevents cancer initiation" (Salk institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, USA)
14:30 – 15:00 Sara Hägg "Longitudinal studies of human biological aging" (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
15:00 – 15:30 Ana García-Sáez "Molecular architecture of the apoptotic pore" (CECAD Cologne, Germany)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break  
  SESSION IV CHAIR: Björn Schumacher
16:00 – 16:30 Sara Wickström "Regulation of cell states by mechanical force" (MPI for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster, Germany)
16:30 – 17:15 KEYNOTE: Emma Teeling "The long and short of bat’s extended longevity?" (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
17:15 – 17:30 Final conclusions and Goodbye  
From 18:30 Speakers' Dinner: Hotel Maritim – Rooftop Restaurant Bellevue (Separate registration [closed] - Only for CECAD PIs and Speakers)


The conference is open and has no registration fee, however registration is mandatory.

The registration closed on December 22nd, 2023.
The access to the waiting list closed on January 11th, 2024.

Poster sessions

During the event, there will be two occasions in which PhD students and Postdocs will have the chance to showcase their work on an international platform and tell their scientific story, engage in discussions, and foster collaborations!

  • Monday, January 29th, 12:50–14:00 - Lunch & Poster Session
  • Monday, January 29th, from 17:15 - Poster session, Pitch your Project & Get-Together at MPI Age

More detailed info in the file below.

Postdoc/PhD Event

Meet the Speakers's Lunch

On Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, there will be a separate event fully organized by PhD students and Postdocs, where young scientists (separate registration) will have  the opportunity to meet internationally renowned speakers in a privileged setting, and share a meal with them in round tables.

The people who organized this event are:

  • Clara Lefranc (Main head & Chaperone)
  • Mara Neuerburg (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Seda Koyuncu (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Klara Schilling (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Tahira Aslan (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Angelina Job Kolady (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Nihan Erden (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Christina Efraimoglou (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Olga Ibanez (Task Force & Chaperone)
  • Luise Nagel (Task Force & Chaperone)


Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9B
50931 Cologne

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Useful Resources

The city of Cologne with all its touristic attractions offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities. A comprehensive list of hotels is available on the official website of the city of Cologne (in German).


For any further information please contact Sibylle or Tanio:

Dr. Sibylle Grandel CECAD

Dr. Sibylle Grandel

Administrative Coordinator

+49 221 478 84046


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