Keynote Lecture “Chromosomes in space and time - from past to future challenges”
Thomas Cremer (* 1945) is Professor emeritus of Human Genetics and Anthropology at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany). His main research has been in the field of molecular cytogenetics, where he contributed to the development of FISH technologies for interphase cytogenetics, chromosome painting and comparative genome hybridization. He was an early supporter of the concept that cardinal nuclear functions depend on higher order chromatin organization and the architecture of the cell nucleus. He has studied features of the nuclear architecture in fixed and living cells with microscopic approaches, including confocal laser scanning microscopy, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy. Since its beginnings in the 1970’s this work has benefitted greatly from a close collaboration with the physicist Christoph Cremer, his brother. Thomas Cremer is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2006) and a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences Heidelberg (since 2001). For his contributions he received the Maffo Vialli International Award for Histochemistry (2005), the Schleiden Medal of the Leopoldina (2010), the Medal of honor from the German Society of Human Genetics (2011) and (together with his wife Dr. Marion Cremer) the Wilhelm Bernhard Medal (2015). He is a honorary member of the European Cytogenetics Association (E.C.A.).