Oral presentation: Zwi Berneman
Zwi N. Berneman, MD PhD FRCP is Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Hematology at the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium and Head of the Division of Hematology at the Antwerp University Hospital. His basic and clinical research is focused on vaccination with immunogenic dendritic cells in cancer and with tolerogenic dendritic cells in multiple sclerosis. His laboratory has pioneered mRNA electroporation as a clinically safe gene transfer methodology and has applied it to the fields of dendritic cells and T-lymphocytes. He has been conducting clinical trials with cultured dendritic cells since 2005. For this, he helped establish the Center for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CCRG), of which he is the Medical Director, at the Antwerp University Hospital and for which he obtained a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification and Production License from the (Belgian) Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK.