Prof Axel Schambach (Institute of Experimental Haematology, Hannover Medical School/MHH), in collaboration with Prof Toni Cathomen (Institute for Transfusion Medicine & Gene Therapy, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg), Boris Fehse (University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf), Hildegard Büning (MHH) and Ulrich Hacker (MHH, University Hospital Leipzig) co-organized a ‘School Day’ for two hundred (200) High School Students, from eleven (11) classes, from Saxony region in Germany. The presentation took place on the 16th of September 2019 in University of Leipzig premises, in Leipzig, Germany.
The aim was to introduce students into “gene taxis” to treat immunodeficiencies (presentation by Axel Schambach) and also novel gene therapy options using tailored genome editing (presentation by Toni Cathomen, who is also leader of SCIDNET’s Work Package 5 – Advanced vector technologies and gene editing for SCID). The presentation was considered an excellent opportunity for topics of the SCIDNET Consortium to extend its reach from a purely scientific audience to a wider audience, such as high school students (girls and boys). The final goal was twofold: To inform students of the gene therapy developments and opportunities, not only from a purely research perspective, but also in relation to the exciting career perspectives gene therapy can offer to young scientists.