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    Basic Research and Clinical Practice

    Interdisciplinary Mistletoe Symposium


    Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft e.V.
    Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzen- und Naturstoff-Forschung e.V.
    Gesellschaft für Phytotherapie e.V.
    Karl und Veronica Carstens-Stiftung
    Gesellschaft anthroposophischer Ärzte in Deutschland e.V.
    Zentralverband der Ärzte für Naturheilverfahren u. Regulationsmedizin (ZAEN) e.V.

    Co-operation partners:

    Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V.
    European Society of Integrative Oncology e.V.


    Dr. Rainer Scheer, Carl Gustav Carus-Institut, Niefern-Öschelbronn
    Prof. Dr. Harald Matthes, Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe, Berlin

    Scientific Organisation:

    Prof. Dr. Susanne Alban, Kiel
    Prof. Dr. Hans Becker, St. Ingbert
    Prof. Dr. André-Michael Beer, Hattingen
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Blaschek, Kiel
    Prof. Dr. Reinhild Klein, Tübingen
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kreis, Erlangen
    Dr. Gero Leneweit, Niefern-Öschelbronn
    Prof. Dr. Harald Matthes, Berlin
    Dr. Günther Spahn, Mainz
    Dr. Rainer Stange, Berlin


    The 8th Mistletoe Symposium continues a series of symposia which are held about every four years. Here scientists and doctors shall come together, present and discuss latest results from medicine and pharmacy, research and clinical practice, that a comprehensive picture of the current state of knowledge of the mistletoe in tumour therapy is created. Based on this the use of mistletoe preparations can be developed further, and their potential and limitations be identified. This explains why this interdisciplinary dialogue, which cuts across the borders of the various therapy approaches, is so important. The organisers would like to extend an invitation to this symposium.

    In the clinical part of the symposium the treatment of a single tumour entity is chosen as a topic for special attention. This shall be dealt with in depth from the perspective of the conventional oncology and in terms of the contribution which mistletoe preparations can make to the management of this condition.

    The organizers are calling for scientific work (short lectures and poster presentations) on the following subjects and/or questions which are vitally important for mistletoe therapy and its scientific advancement:

    • Correct standardisation, ensuring the pharmaceutical quality, analysis
    • Characterisation of the action profiles of the active ingredients
    • Total extract vs. active ingredients
    • Dosing regimens (standardised vs. individual) and therapeutic range
    • Effects of the route of application on the therapeutic range
    • Analysis of side effects in respect of action and efficacy
    • Nature and incidence of adverse effects (anaphylactic reactions?)
    • The effects of mistletoe therapy on metastatic spread
    • Indications for epithelial tumours and haematological malignant diseases
    • Which objective criteria exist for demonstrating efficacy?
    • Do the biological reactions observed during mistletoe therapy allow any conclusions to be drawn concerning tumour defence?
    • What outcome measures are suitable for the control of a mistletoe therapy?
    • Which types of clinical studies are needed for mistletoe in the future?
    • Importance of outcomes research
    • Regulatory topics
    • Pharmaco-economics

    In order to create a common basis for discussion, summary papers are planned in the following fields and on the following subjects:

    • Clinical effects, side effects, efficacy evaluation
    • Therapy of a single tumour entity as a topic for special attention presented from the perspective of the conventional oncology and in terms of the contribution which can mistletoe preparations can make to the management of his condition
    • Immunology and cytotoxicity, preclinical features
    • Botany, pharmacy, phytochemistry

    Registration fees:

    The mistletoe symposium is sponsored by the organisers. Therefore in the past no fees were raised for participating the symposium. The conference transscript containing the abstracts is also free of charge (see also publication of the abstracts). Accomodation and meals have to be covered by the participants (see registration).


    The symposium language is German. But all lectures can be presented also in English language. The organizers offer the simultaneous translation of all lectures including the discussions into English language. The poster presentations are given in English language.

    Publications of the abstracts:

    All abstracts of a symposium will be published in the supplement volume of a scientific journal (print and online edition). The print version is available to all paticipants at the symposiums date.

    Publication of a book:

    In turn, all lectures and posters presented on this symposium are to be published as quickly as possible after the symposium. Thus all authors are requested to provide their manuscripts ready for printing. The manuscripts should meet our instructions for authors (see "format directions for authors"). They should be submitted until 31 January of the following year after the symposium.

    Continuing education certificates:

    Applications for recognition as a continuing education event will be submitted to the medical association of Saarland and the pharmacy association of Saarland.

    For registration and for more details please contact:

    Dr. Rainer Scheer, c/o
    Carl Gustav Carus Institut
    Allmendstr. 55
    D-75223 Niefern-Öschelbronn
    Phone  +49 (0)7233 7043-118
    Fax    +49 (0)7233 7043-110.


    Reservations of rooms in Europäische Akademie can be made after the contributions to the mistletoe symposium have been reviewed. Fore more details please see at the folder "Mistletoe Symposium".

    Subject to alterations

    Niefern-Öschelbronn, September, 2018, Dr. Rainer Scheer