Theme: Translational Research

Invited Speakers on the Theme of Translational Research

Dr. Waljit DHILLO, Imperial College London, UK

 Clinical Studies with Kisspeptin

Waljit Dhillo is Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Consultant Endocrinologist at Imperial College London. He completed his medical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. During this time he completed an Intercalated BSc (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry funded by the Medical Research Council. Subsequently during his clinical training he completed a PhD as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow at Imperial College. He was subsequently awarded 3 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) personal Fellowships – Clinician Scientist Fellowship 2004-2009, Career Development Fellowship 2009-2015 and most recently a Research Professorship 2015-2020. He was appointed to a personal Chair at Imperial College in 2011. He has published 156 articles and a h-index of 36 (Web of Science).

Dr. Matthew TSCHÖP, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany

Readjusting Gut-Brain Signalling with Unimolecular Polyagonists: Translational Potential

Professor Matthias H. Tschöp received his M.D. from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, where he also trained as a physician in internal medicine. In 1998 he accepted an invitation for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Eli Lilly Research Laboratories in Indianapolis, USA, before returning to Europe in 2002 to establish his independent research laboratory at the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) in Potsdam. He later returned to the United States where he joined the University of Cincinnati to ultimately serve as the Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence and Arthur Russell Morgan Endowed Chair of Medicine. In 2011, Professor Tschöp accepted the position of Scientific Director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center at Helmholtz Center Munich and was named Chair of the Division of Metabolic Diseases at Technical University of Munich. Professor Tschöp is the first German physician to receive the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (2012). He was elected into the German National Academy of Science (Leopoldina) in 2013 and in 2012 was named adjunct Professor at Yale University, USA. He started the peer-reviewed open access journal Molecular Metabolism, which he leads as the Editor-in-Chief (2016 impact factor: 6.8). In 2016, Matthias Tschöp received an honorary doctorate of the University of Leipzig and was named Director for Biomedicine of the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus in Munich, which he co-founded.

Dr. Michael TROWER, KaNDy Therapeutics Ltd, UK

Reducing the Heat with Neurokinin-3 Receptor Antagonism – a New Non-Hormonal Approach for the Treatment of Hot Flushes

Mike Trower is Chief Scientific Officer of KaNDy Therapeutics a company dedicated to developing breakthrough treatments for debilitating Women’s Health conditions. He has more than 25 years’ drug discovery and development experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Prior to KaNDy, Mike worked at GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Head of the External Drug Discovery Group in the Neurosciences Division.  He has broad expert knowledge of neurokinin receptor system biology and in particular how it relates to KNDy neuronal activity.  Mike has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in biological sciences and held post-doctoral positions in DuPont Inc. in Delaware, US and the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, UK under the Nobel laureate Professor Sydney Brenner.


Dr. Scott STRUTHERS, Crinetics Pharmaceutical Inc, USA



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