COST action OpenMultiMed 

Conference canceled due to COVID-19!

International Conference on Multiscale Systems and Network Medicine

March 18-19, 2020, Munich, Germany

Final COST action OpenMultiMed Conference on Multiscale Systems and Network Medicine

Our main objective is to gather a critical mass of researchers and stakeholders from different disciplines and coordinate these researchers as a team to define, investigate important S&T challenges in multiscale systems medicine and to improve existing and develop novel solutions for multiscale systems medicine.

Multiscale systems medicine aims to utilize and integrate high-throughput data from various sources to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This conference will focus on the development and application of algorithms for the analysis of heterogeneous datasets arising from clinical practice. We will focus on network-based tools and tools designed to integrate datasets stemming from different experimental techniques and medical records. Applications in the discovery of molecular mechanisms of disease and personalized therapy will be also discussed.

Organizing committee


  • Prof. Dr. Jan Baumbach (Technical University Munich, Germany) 

  • Prof. Dr. Harald H.H.W. Schmidt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)

Confirmed talks

  •  Prof. Ed Silverman, M.D., Ph.D. (Harvard Medical School, USA): From Genetics to Network Medicine in COPD

  • Prof. Maricel Kann, Ph.D. (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA): A Protein Domain Scope for Disease Networks

  • Prof. Dr. Sona Vasudevan (Georgetown University, USA): Systems Medicine with Three-dimensional Insights

  • Prof. Dennis Kostka, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, USA): Fast and Accurate Doublet Detection in Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Data             

  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Julio Saez-Rodriguez (Heidelberg University, Germany): Merging Omics Data and Biological Knowledge for Systems Medicine

  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Kaleta (University of Kiel, Germany): Too Happy Together - Exploring the Role of the Microbiome in Aging  

  • Prof. Dr. Sven Bergmann (University of Lausanne, Switzerland): Making Good Use of Genome-wide Association Studies: From Metabolite Identification to Disease Network Analysis

  • Prof. Dr. Richard Röttger (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark): (Pseudo) Time-Course Network Enrichment Analysis at Bulk and Single-Cell Level

  • Prof. Dr. Veit Schwämmle (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark): Co-Regulation of Protein Complex Subunits

  • Mag. Markus Kastelitz, LL.M. (Research Institute, Austria): Privacy in Medicine in the AI Age

  • Prof. Dr. Fabio Vandin (University of Padova, Italy): Cancer mutation profiling: TBA

  • Prof. Dr. Harald H.H.W. Schmidt (Maastricht University, The Netherlands): From Imprecision to Precision Medicine with Big Data

  • Dr. Massimiliano Zanin (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain): Data Uncertainty and its Impact in Understanding Biomedical Systems: the Case of the Human Brain

  • Prof. Huiru (Jane) Zheng, Ph.D. (Ulster University, UK): Network-based Integrative Data Analysis for Multiscale Computing

  • Egils Stalidzans (University of Latvia, Latvia): Modeling on the Way to in silico Trials

  • Blandine Comte, Ph.D. (French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France): Systems epidemiology for better understanding nutrition-health relationship

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Baumbach  (Technical University of Munich, Germany): Privacy-preservation of Artificial Intelligence in Systems Medicine

  • Prof. Dr. Jonas Kuiper (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands): Chasing individual immune responses for clinical decision-making

  • Prof. Dr. Anke-Hilse Maitland van der Zee (Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands): Systems medicine approach in asthma, towards  clinical implementation

  • Dr. Jörg Menche (Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria): Network Medicine: From protein-protein to drug-drug interactions

  • Dr. Hesham Yosef (CellTool GmbH) Raman-laser-trapping: an innovative biomedical tool for single cell analysis

  • Prof. Dr. Horst Domdey (BioM Biotech Cluster Development GmbH) From micro genomes to mega complex diseases – MunichOmics in the past 50 years

  • Prof. Dr. med. Heribert Schunkert (German Heart Centre Munich) Multiplicative effects of GWAS hits

Confirmed training school lectures

  • Dr. Nicolas Alcaraz (Copenhagen University, Denmark): Analysis of ATACseq and ChIPseq Data and Network Enrichment with KeyPathwayMiner

  • Dr. Christine Nardini (SOL Group, Italy) and Prof. Paolo Tieri (CNR and Sapienza University): Disease Gene Prediction Using DIAMOND and Related Tools

  • Mattia Tomasoni (University of Lausanne, Switzerland): MONET: A Toolbox Integrating Top-performing Methods for Network Modularisation

  • Dr. Markus List (Technical University Munich, Germany): Introduction to Bioinformatics in R

  • Olga Lazareva (Technical University Munich, Germany): Systems Medicine Profiling with GrandForest and BigAnts

​(The training school is dedicated to Ph.D. students and early-career scientists. Participation requires extra registration:


Details of the COST conference organization

Registration: deadline 15.02.2020. Extended deadline 23.02.2020! Use the blue button at the top of the page.

Fee: No registration fee. In return, no lunch or dinner will be provided (only coffee and small snacks).

Conference venue: TranslaTUM, Einsteinstraße 25, 81675 Munich, Germany


Conference Dinner: Organized by IASyM at traditional Bavarian Strong Beer Festival location Paulaner-Nockherberg.

Limited space! Registration and prepayment required. ==> Register early! Use the green button at the top of this page.

Hotel suggestions:

Hotel Motel One München-Haidhausen

mk|hotel münchen max-weber-platz

Hilton Munich City

 Program overview (you find the detailed preliminary program here)