A meeting point for different lines of thought
Boris Vladimirovich Afanasyev
and Axel Rolf Zander
It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking
the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points
where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their
roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or cultural
environments or different religious traditions; hence if they actually meet,
that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can
take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments will follow.
Heisenberg, Werner: “The Role of Modern Physics in the Present Development
of Human Thinking”. Physics and Philosophy. The Revolution in Modern Science.
New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1958, pp. 187-206, p. 187.
"Cellular Therapy and Transplantation" (CTT) is a new journal dedicated to creating a meeting point for different lines of thought in the fields of cellular and gene therapy and transplantation. We invite submissions on current issues and findings that help explain how degenerative diseases develop and how cures can be found. A lot of research has been undertaken in these areas recently, and our journal wishes to publish contributions that offer critical reflection on the developments that seem promising at this point in time.
In particular, CTT aims to present a selection of current research articles from Russian speaking countries. We seek to stay abreast of changes that can be expected from a fruitful interaction between the Russian speaking traditions and their neighboring cultures, such as those in the West.
Likewise, we feel that past developments merit critical attention, too; so we intend to publish, on a scale of one item per issue, relevant contributions that provide a reflection on issues in the medical history of CTT fields. For this inaugural issue, the historical contribution is the Raisa Gorbacheva Memorial Lecture given by Prof. Thomas Büchner at the Symposium on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation on the 110th anniversary of the Saint Petersburg State Medical I. Pavlov University, which took place on 21–22 September 2007.
We would like to thank the following colleagues for undertaking the peer reviews for this issue of CTT: Athanasius A. Anagnostou, Francis A. Ayuk, Ulrike Bacher, Vadim V. Baikov, Alexei B. Chukhlovin, Thomas Eiermann, Maite Hartwig, Nicolaus Kröger, Claudia Lange, Frank Marini, Florian Tögel, Ludmila S. Zoubarovskaya.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Mikhail Gorbachev and the Gorbachev Foundation, for providing us with a kind and most topical foreword. And last but not least, we wish to acknowledge funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
May the scientific community welcome this forum as an inviting opportunity for real interaction in the sense of Werner Heisenberg. We're looking forward to receiving your contributions.