This year’s Vienna School of Medicine Gala was dedicated to the human nervous system and took place on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the historic Van Swieten Saal at the Medical University of Vienna. 155 guests joined the gala dinner and enjoyed short lectures about past and present innovations of Viennese physicians and scientists in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience.
The program included presentations by Dr. Thomas Berger (Neurology, Medical University of Vienna) and Dr. Karl Rössler (Neurosurgery, Medical University of Vienna), as well as a highly anticipated video presentation by Jürgen Knoblich, PhD (Neuroscience, Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology). The speakers took the audience on a journey through the human nervous system, giving an insight into the history and newest developments in Neurology and Psychiatry in Vienna, as well as the latest neurosurgical advancements and techniques. Jürgen Knoblich explained how cerebral organoids help in understanding neurological diseases and provided a glimpse into the future of Neuroscience.
Dr. Wolfgang Aulitzky and Dr. Markus Müller, Dean of the Medical University of Vienna, presented Dr. Shahrokh Shariat, head of the Department of Urology, Medical University of Vienna, with this year’s OMI award for his support of the OMI observerships.
The Open Medical Institute, the Medical University of Vienna, and the Josephinum Museum jointly organized the Vienna School of Medicine gala to promote and celebrate the past, present, and future achievements of Vienna’s medical community. The event raised 60,000 euros in support of the joint medical programs of the Medical University of Vienna, the Open Medical Institute, and the Josephinum Museum.