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Science Slam marks 20th anniversary of Alumni-Club der Charité e.V.

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Brief presentation tournament featuring three young doctors from Charité

A Science Slam was held in the Lecture Hall Ruin at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of Charité on September 22 as part of the festivities marking the 20th anniversary of Alumni-Club der Charité. Each of the three “slammers,” all young doctors from within Berlin's university medicine organization, gave an engaging ten-minute presentation explaining the topics they are currently exploring either clinically or scientifically.

The Science Slam was moderated by Tine Hassert, the head of the alumni team. She emphasized that the tournament was intended to focus on both interdisciplinary research and interprofessional connections.

Factors influencing the development of unborn children

During the Science Slam, Alma Mackert presented her work, titled “Feto-placental programming –placental cortisol metabolism in dichorial, separated-sex twin pregnancies.” As part of what is known as a Gemini stress study, she studies various factors that can influence the development of unborn children during pregnancy. Mackert, who is originally from Berlin, studied medicine in Göttingen, where she discovered her interest in obstetrics and gynecology. She returned to Berlin for her residency, including because she wanted to study and work at Charité. She has been a resident in the Department of Obstetrics on Campus Virchow-Klinikum under Prof. Wolfgang Henrich for a year now.

Computed tomography in sepsis

Dr. Julian Pohlan gave a talk titled “Computed tomography in sepsis – Who? What? And when?” In his presentation, Pohlan explored which patients with sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) should be examined using computed tomography, a 3D X-ray imaging method, at what point in time. To illustrate his points, he presented data from a survey of physicians working at all of the Charité campuses. A graduate of the program in medicine at Charité who also completed two years of clinical practice in neurology, internal medicine, and surgery, Pohlan completed further training at Charité and now specializes in radiology. Asked about his choice of professional career, Pohlan answers: “Charité interested me as an employer because I saw that it would offer unique opportunities to bring clinical practice, scientific research, and teaching together.”

AI and machine learning

"AI and machine learning in medicine: All new?” was the topic of the third talk. Paul Rostin, the speaker, spent part of his practical year as a medical student in Kiel at Charité. He went on to do research in Boston for a year for his data-centric dissertation, working with large data sets ranging from several hundred thousand to millions of patients. He has worked as a resident within the Berlin university medicine organization for a year now. He is especially interested in at-risk groups in obstetrics, intercultural challenges, and the outstanding qualifications of the senior physicians working at Charité. “I firmly believe digital innovation can reduce workloads and improve patient wellbeing in many areas, and that it has been widely underestimated to date,” he says.

Awards for speakers

After each presentation, participants had the chance to ask follow-up questions. Ultimately, all three slammers received awards. “Specialized topics of interest to individual researchers can often lead to steps that really make the world a better place, especially in the Charité context,” Hassert said, noting the reasons for the judges’ decision. The awards were provided by Alumni-Club der Charité e.V. and De Gruyter Wissenschaftsverlag.



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