PharMetrX 10-Years Celebration Symposium

The structured Graduate Research Training Program PharMetrX – Pharmacometrics and Computational Disease Modelling was launched in 2008. Over the past 10 years, PharMetrX has developed into a successful and internationally renowned PhD program at the Freie Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam.

On this occasion, the PharMetrX 10-Years Celebration Symposium will be held in Berlin from 19-21 April 2018!

The PharMetrX Symposium will take place at the Harnack-Haus, Ihnestr. 16-20, 14195 Berlin/Germany. The overarching theme of the Celebration Symposium is

“On the path from big data to precision medicine”.



Registration by email invitation only. In case you are interested to join the symposium, please contact us via email.

Enrollment and payment of the registration fee (PhD students/Postdocs: 50 EUR, Non-PhD students/Non-Postdocs: 100 EUR) must be done via the online registration portal.

Payment can be done by wire transfer only (bank account details will be provided in the registration form; an invoice can be sent upon request). Please note that your registration is only valid if we have received your payment within 21 days. The registration fee is not refundable, not even in the extremely unlikely event of cancellation of the symposium due to force majeure.

We are looking forward to a fascinating and stimulating PharMetrX 10-Years Celebration Symposium!

Go to the online registration portal.


PROGRAM  (download PDF)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

14:00 Start of on-site check-in

15:00-18:00 Academic Ceremony, including

  • Welcome addresses by the President of the Freie Universität Berlin, Peter-André Alt, and the President of the Universität Potsdam, Oliver Günther
  • Presentation "Past-Present-Future of PharMetrX"
  • Keynote Lecture by Gunaretnam (Guna) Rajagopal (VP Global Head of Computational Sciences within Discovery Sciences at Janssen R&D/USA): "Translating Big Data into Insight for Enabling Drug Discovery & Development"

18:00-20:00 Welcome reception


Friday, 20 April 2018

Scientific discourse "On the challenging path from big data to precision medicine"

9:00-12:00 Five impulse talks on big data and precision medicine, including presentations by

  • Stefan Holdenrieder (Technical University of the State of Bavaria): "Big data for Multi-Biomarker Application in the Clinical Lab: Challenges and Pitfalls"
  • Thorsten Moos (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel): "Informational autonomy or post-privacy? Ethical issues in big data medicine"
  • André Scherag (Jena University Hospital): "The Need for Epidemiological Thinking in the Era of Big Data and Precision Medicine"
  • Sebastian Stober (U Potsdam): "Deep Learning for Medical Big Data - Potential and Limitations"
  • Matteo Carli (xBird/Medical AI): "Contextual and Behavioural Data as Opportunites for Treatments of the Future"

Group photo

13:45-16:00 Think tanks "Big data and precision medicine": impact on research & training (jointly with the speakers of the morning)

16:00-17:00 Plenum: Presentation of think tanks outputs

19:00-23:00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, 21 April 2018

10:00-16:00 Network meeting of former and present PharMetrX PhD students. This year, the Network meeting is open to all interested participants

10:00-10:30 Welcome by the network meeting organisers & Update since the last network meeting

10:30-11:15 Experiences from industry internships within PharMetrX

11:15-12:45 Meet people for creative brainstorming

14:00-14:45 People’s stories

14:45-15:30 Coffee/Tea Break & results from creative brainstorming

15:30-16:00 Certificate awarding

16:00 END

As a stimulating input and preparation to the symposium, please see the article by Huang, Mulzasasmita and Rajagopal, Expert Rev Precision Med Drug Develop, 1, 2016 (link).