Heidelberg University Hospital
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ONCOLOGY

Heidelberg University Hospital

Specialist field: Oncology

Prof. Dr. Anthony D. Ho

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Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
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Professor Anthony D. Ho

Medical Director of the Department of Haematology, Oncology and Rheumatology at Heidelberg University Hospital


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Professor Anthony D. Ho: Healing through high-level expertise – and with a little help from stem cells

The Department of Haematology, Oncology and Rheumatology at Heidelberg University Hospital is run by one of the world’s finest experts in this field, Professor Anthony D. Ho, who set up and managed blood stem cell transplant centres in Canada and the USA. Patients suffering from oncological diseases of the blood such as lymphoma, leukaemia, soft-tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma can expect the best possible medical care reflecting the latest scientific findings.

Professor Ho’s department is located in an ultra-modern building on the campus of Heidelberg University and it can look back with pride on more than 200 years of history. The department was founded in 1805 as a polyclinic (“a clinic for the town”) and originally provided medical care to the poor of Heidelberg. Today, it is a world-renowned centre specialising in haematology, oncology and rheumatology and treating both German and international patients.

Pioneering work in oncology

In the 1980s the department became one of the first in Germany to open a day clinic offering outpatient chemotherapy. Several others in the region then followed its example. Today, the day clinic has twelve places where patients can receive chemotherapy treatment. Seventy-two beds are available for inpatients, of which eight are fitted with a special air filter, which provides the best possible protection to patients undergoing allogenic bone marrow transplantations.

Over the past few years, the department has recorded annual numbers of 33,000 outpatient visits, 7,200 day clinic treatments and 2,040 inpatient treatments. Professor Ho’s team have so far contributed to around 90 national and international clinical trials, of which 30 were funded by industry partners. Many patients are given the opportunity of participating in a clinical trial conducted by Professor Ho’s department.

Every year, the department’s team of proven specialists treats around 270 new patients suffering from leukaemia, 210 patients with lymphomas and 280 new patients with multiple myeloma.

Stem cell transplantations since 1985

The core expertise of the department lies in cell therapies using bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantations. A unit for stem cell transplantations was set up in the Department of Haematology, Oncology and Rheumatology in 1983. This is where we carried out one of the world’s first successful blood stem cell transplants in 1985. For the past 28 years Heidelberg’s Department of Haematology has made key contributions to medical advances in this field. Today, around 220 autologous and around 110 allogenic transplantations are carried out every year.

Back in 1985 the department pioneered the transplantation of peripheral blood stem cells instead of bone marrow – an example of how the department is willing to break new ground, making continuous advancements both to medical care and to qualitative and ethical aspects.

Special research field for adult stem cells

In May 2010 the German Research Foundation (DFG) set up a new special research centre for stem cell research in Heidelberg, which will receive €9.3 million of funding over a period of four years. Professor Ho is chairman and coordinator of the centre, which has consolidated Heidelberg’s position as one of the leading locations for stem cell research in Germany.

Other distinctions

Professor Peter Dreger, Deputy Director of the Department of Haematology, Oncology and Rheumatology, heads up the stem cell transplantation section. He also coordinates all transplantation studies carried out by the German Studies Group for Chronic Lymphatic Leukaemias (CLL) and chairs the CLL subcommittee of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).

The German-language Myeloma Multicentre Group (GMMG) is also led by one of the department’s senior consultants, Professor Hartmut Goldschmidt. The GMMG has already carried out five generations of major multicentre studies and currently encompasses 37 German study centres and 72 oncological specialist practices.

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Albertinum: um museu de arte moderna de 125 anos, que foi reaberto em 2010, após uma reforma de 51 milhões de euros. A coleção de retratos começa com um dos pintores alemães mais românticos, Caspar David Friedrich, e termina com seu artista vivo mais famoso, Gerhard Richter, sendo que ambos passaram a infância em Dresden. Você vai encontrar desde a Bailarina de Degas, a Monet, Manet, Rodin, Van Gogh. A entrada Vista 10€

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Zwinger Palace

O Chateau de Versailles de Dresden

O Zwinger Palace é um dos melhores exemplos da arquitetura barroca tardia na Alemanha. Construído entre 1710 e 1728 pelo arquiteto Pöppelmann, o Palácio Zwinger foi usado para grandes festas e torneios. Hoje, o complexo barroco de pavilhões, galerias e pátios interiores é a casa de grandes museus e obras. A Madonna Sistina de Rafael você encontrará lá. O acervo de Porcelana tambem é belíssimo. O Arsenal também é muito interessante se você curte trajes e armas. Se você não quiser entrar em nenhum museu, vá pelo menos para andar pelos jardins e admirar o "Kronentor", que é o portão com a coroa.

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Asisi Panometer

Deesden : 1945

Setenta anos depois do bombardeio de Dresden, na Segunda Guerra Mundial, um panorama de 360 ​​graus que mostra a cidade destruída foi revelado na cidade. O artista Yadegar Asisi criou uma imagem circular de 100 metros de largura e 30 metros de altura que mostra Dresden após os devastadores ataques aéreos dos aliados. Entre 13-15 fevereiro de 1945, apenas alguns meses antes do fim da guerra, os bombardeiros britânicos e norte-americanos destruíram mais de 90 por cento do centro histórico da cidade, matando cerca de 25.000 pessoas. Mais de 3.900 toneladas de bombas de alto poder explosivo e dispositivos incendiários dizimaram marcos importantes do barroco em uma cidade que é considerada "a Florença do Elba". O panorama, Dresden: 1945, fica aberto de 24 de Janeiro à 31 de maio de 2015, no gasômetro Panometer. http://www.asisi.de/en/panoramas/dresden-1945/photo-gallery.html

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Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady

A Lady de Dresden

A Igreja da Nossa Senhora de Dresden é um espetáculo de linda. É a igreja que vai te impactar no primeiro minuto que você entrar e ver uma igreja branca, super luminada. Se há um lugar cuja história pode mover-lo às lágrimas, será n'a Igreja de Nossa Senhora. Durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial, a igreja foi bombardeada e ficou em escombros até 1994, quando um programa de restauração foi iniciado. Hoje, é um lembrete dos dias antes da guerra e um dos lugares que você vai ter uma história imparcial sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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Christmas Markets in Cologne

Christmas in Germany

Christmas may be over, but 11 months from now the season will be upon us and you should spend 2015 in Germany! Why? The Christmas season is in Germany is like no other. There is no other place in the world where you can experience countless, and famous, Christmas markets that will without a doubt, put you in the holiday spirit. While the markets are open all day, it’s best to visit at night. Many towns across Germany have decorated the streets and market squares with evergreen-lined stalls, twinkling lights and religious (and not so religious) statues to kick off the holiday season as festively as possible. If you are a foreigner in Germany at this time of year, it's difficult to miss home when Germany puts on an excellent show at Christmas time. No matter what German city you are in, you can find families and friends of all ages, walking around shopping for unique and traditional gifts, sipping on mulled wine and indulging in delicious German food. You will hear laughter amongst the Christmas carols that will make you forget about your toes and fingers tingling from the cold temperature at this time of year. It’s truly a traditional delight for all of the senses. No trip to the German Christmas markets is complete without trying a class of glühwein, which is a combinations of red wine, spices and sugar. This traditional drink will keep you cozy and happy. Hungry? No problem! There are many stalls that sell traditional German Christmas Market food and snacks for you to enjoy such as bratwurst, mutzen, schmachtlappen and reibekuchen. In a world where Christmas present shopping consists of the latest technology and thoughtless gift certificates, it’s nice to be able to find traditional hand carved gifts at several stalls. Not to mention, mountains of oranges and nuts, the original gift that St. Nicholas gave to people hundreds of years ago at this time of year. While many countries around the world celebrate Christmas, no other place does it like Germany. So, if you feel that this time of year has been lacking in holiday spirit, take a trip over to this European country and be reminded what Christmas time is all about.

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Canadians First Time at a Traditional Co-ed Spa

Visiting a co-ed spa was a foreign concept to me, being born and raised in Canada. Nudity in my culture is reserved for your own home where some have issues looking at themselves in the mirror. The gym change room is another publicly acceptable nude room, many of us have mastered the art of undressing by using a towel without exposing our private parts. My wife, Kristen, and I walked into that spa and let go of our Canadian mentalities. I undressed in the co-ed change room next to a woman in her 60s. She had kind eyes, a warm smile and no knowledge of nude shame as she stripped down without embarrassment. Kristen and I entered the spa, dropped our towels and were liberated, free for all to gaze upon! There were adults of all ages and body type, casually conversing as if being nude was more comfortable than being clothed. I had to constantly remind myself that people are not judgemental of bodies here, something I have never experienced in North America. Nudity is very much a part of the culture here. This German spa was the first place I have experienced harmony and equality among class, age, sex. Nobody knows whether you walked in with an Armani suit or a ripped t-shirt, you are all equal, beautiful and free. I immediately felt unjudged and part of the community. The architecture and decor of the spa was heavenly. Stone tiles lead the way to a large open room with lounging chairs and a marble swimming pool. The ambiance is zen, with only the sound of calm conversations and light background music. Buddha heads, candles, bamboo designs and waterfalls decorate the many rooms with relaxation and beauty. The outdoor rooftop contained hot tubs and saunas to keep you warm and steamy as well as cold pools and a bucket of snow used to cool your body down before jumping back into the hot tub. I left with my body relaxed, my skin clean, and my mind at peace. I learned that the human body is a beautiful gift which should be appreciated and accepted. Nudity is our original state and should be more widely accepted.

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Herrenhauser Gärten Grotto

Niki the St.-Phalle at her best

A couple of years ago a very wealthy friend of mine, who owns an work of art by French artist Niki de St.-Phalle, told me included Hannover in a trip to Europe just to see Nikki's art in town. I had totally forgotten this until I came to Hannover and found out that Niki's works are all over the place. There are three Nanas in the Sculpture Mile downtown and an ancient grotto at the Herrenhauser Gardens was redone by Niki, who filled with her Nanas, a colorful Ganesha and a myriad of kaleidoscopic mirrors. Before her death, she donated her private collection to Hannover's Sprengel Museum, and will appear in the new wing due to open late in 2016.

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Elbphilarmonie

The next big thing

Due to open in 2017, the Elbphilarmonie is a ~very~ controversial project among Hamburg's taxpayers. But its sheer originality and generous public spaces will definitely put Hamburg on the map of people who've never thought of visiting this vibrant town. The building will contain three concert halls, two hotels, apartments, shops and a public square between the base of the bulding (a former wharehouse) and the new, Gaudí-esque top. You can count on Hamburg becoming as popular with foreign travelers as it is among German visitors.

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