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12 March: Day of the Medical University of Vienna

Free admission to the scientific programme for interested members of the public
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12. März: Tag der Medizinischen Universität Wien - freier Eintritt zum wissenschaftlichen Programm für interessiertes Publikum

(Vienna, 04 March 2020) 12 March 1365 is regarded as the founding date of the medical faculty of the University of Vienna. This anniversary is being celebrated with a "Day of the Medical University of Vienna" on Thursday, 12 March 2020 with a varied scientific and festive programme taking place at several MedUni Vienna venues. Interested members of the public are invited to join in the celebrations.

One of the highlights of the Day of the Medical University of Vienna is the university lecture that will be given by geneticist Markus Hengstschläger: he will talk about the latest approaches to understanding genetic diseases and will explain why medical genetics forms the basis for precision medicine, the most important trend in 21st-century medicine, and why Artificial Intelligence is playing an increasingly important role in personalised medicine. The university lecture will take place in MedUni Vienna's Lecture Center in Vienna General Hospital (Level 7) at 16:30 hrs on 12 March 2020. Admission is free.

Life journeys: Martha Eibl and Hans Tuppy
During the afternoon, the Alumni  Club's "Life Journeys" series will focus on two extremely deserving researchers and educators: at 14:30 hrs, the Rector of MedUni Vienna, Markus Müller, will talk to immunologist Martha Eibl about her exciting life journey and career and, at 15:15 hrs, he will interview biochemist, former Science Minister and former Rector of the University of Vienna, Hans Tuppy. Both interviews will be held in the Rectorate Hall of MedUni Vienna (Rectorate Building, 1st Floor, Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Vienna).

Beethoven’s medical history wrapped in music
To round off the day, the programme includes a concert in the "Sounds and Science" series, focusing on the work and medical history of Ludwig van Beethoven ( in the Van Swieten Hall of MedUni Vienna (1090, Van Swieten Gasse 1a; 19:00 hrs). Music will be provided by Silke Avenhaus (piano), Rémy Ballot (violin) and Maximilian Hornung (cello) and MedUni Vienna scientists Petra Munda, Manfred Hecking and Wolf-Dieter Baumgartner will analyse Beethoven's illnesses and how he could have been helped today. The discussions will be led by Clemens Hellsberg, former Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Admission to all events is free to interested parties – there is no need to preregister. 

For more information about the programme for the "Day of the Medical University of Vienna" on Thursday, 12. March 2020: