Synergy Forum 2018
Synergy Forum                  2018

Speakers and Topics

So far the following speakers (in alphabetical order) and topics (working titles) have confirmed their active participation:


Ramy Ammar, Cairo / Egypt

Targeting the endocannabinoid system in combination treatments


Andreas Bender, Cambridge / England  (K)

Predicting synergistic drug and compound combinations – methods and applications


Peter Brossart, Bonn / Germany

Implementing combinatorial immunotherapeutic regimes against cancer


Ting-Chao Chou, New York / USA  (K)

The Combination Index theorem as a basis for a consensus towards synergy definition

and synergy claims


Meindert Danhof, Leiden / Netherlands  (K)

Systems pharmacology - towards the modelling of network interactions               


Rajarshi Guha, Bethesda / USA  (K)

Connections matter : network approaches to analysing and understanding

high throughput combination screening datasets


Mats Gustafsson, Uppsala / Sweden  (K)

Assessment and application of in vitro therapeutic synergy


Pulok Mukherjee, Kolkata / India

Herb-drug interactions - a relevant issue for synergy assessments


Alexander Panossian, Vallberga / Sweden

Synergy assessments of plant extracts used in the treatment of stress and

ageing related disorders


Harald Schweim, Bonn / Germany

Of devils and angels - regulatory aspects and challenges of combinatory uses of drugs


Alexander Shikov, St. Petersburg / Russian Federation

Challenges in the investigation of combinatory modes of action of nutrients

and pharmaceuticals


Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich, Bonn / Germany  (K)

The evolution of synergy research: from (historic) geometric visualisation to (contemporary) biological modelling


Robert Verpoorte, Leiden / Netherlands

Synergy: easier to claim than to prove. The role of metabolomics


Alvaro Viljoen, Pretoria / South Africa

Synergy, a modern concept based on ancient wisdom – examples from

African traditional medicine


(K) = Keynote Speaker


Friday March 09, 2018


From 10.00 h   Registration


12.00 – 13.00 h   Welcome Snack


13.00 – 13.30 h   Opening Session, Welcome Addresses


13.30 – 15.00 h   2 Keynote Lectures (K1, K2)


15.00 – 15.30 h   Coffee Break + Poster Exhibition


15.30 – 17.00 h   2 Keynote Lectures (K3, K4)


17.00 – 17.30 h   Coffee Break + Poster Exhibition


17.30 – 19.00 h   2 Parallel Sessions with 3 Lectures each

                               Session 1: L1, L2, L3

                               Session 2: L4, L5, L6


19.00 – 20.30 h   Posters and Wine, Rating of Posters


20.30 h   Conference Dinner and Get-Together


Saturday March 10, 2018


09.00 – 10.00 h   2 Parallel Sessions with 2 Lectures each

                               Session 1: L7, L8

                               Session 2: L9, L10


10.00 – 10.30 h   Coffee Break


10.30 – 12.00 h   2 Keynote Lectures (K5, K6)


12.00 – 12.45 h   Plenary Presentations of 5 best Posters and Awards


12.45 – 13.30 h   Lunch Break


13.30 – 15.30 h   2 Parallel Workshops:

               W1: Calculating Synergism with the CompuSyn Software

               W2: Towards a consensual Understanding/Definition of Synergism


Coffee served in the workshops


15.30 – 16.30 h   Summing Up of Workshops + Discussion of Results


16.30 – 17.00 h   Closing Session



For those who travel back home on Sunday  March 10:

Sightseeing / entertainment / food & drinks in the evening


Poster Presentation

We invite you to share your findings and experiences with combinatory / synergistic treatment regimes in clinical practice or with combinatory / synergistic effects of compounds in experimental trials by presenting these in a poster.


Please send us your abstract for your poster presentation as a PDF by Email to The final poster should have a size equivalent to A0 (= ca. 119 x 84 cm, portrait).


Accepted posters will be prominently presented and will be a significant element of the conference programme (they will be rated by the conference participants). The five best rated posters will receive an invitation to a short plenary presentation and will be honored with a poster award.


Universitätsclub Bonn / University Club Bonn

Konviktstrasse 9

53111 Bonn


The University Club Bonn is located in the centre of Bonn, directly on the bank of the

river Rhine. Almost all recommended hotels are within comfortable walking distance.


Here you find more information about the University Club Bonn (in German)

Organising Committee

Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich

Peter Brossart

Bernd Merzenich

Harald Schweim

Vanessa Quodt

Scientific Committee

Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich (Bonn / Germany)

Peter Brossart (Bonn / Germany)

Harald Schweim (Bonn / Germany)

Ting-Chao Chou (New York / USA)

Andreas Bender (Cambridge / England)

Rajarshi Guha (Bethesda / USA)

Mats Gustafsson (Uppsala / Sweden)

Pulok Mukherjee (Kolkata / India)

Alexander Panossian (Vallberga / Sweden)

Alexander Shikov (St. Petersburg / Russia)

Robert Verpoorte (Leiden / Netherlands)

Heike Zeitler (Bonn / Germany)

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9.-10. March 2018

Synergy Forum

Bonn / Germany

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31. December 2017

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