All the participants in the third EURAMY internal meeting are gathered in front of the historical Virchow building at the Charité University in Berlin.
Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902) was a German pathologist working mostly in Berlin.
He was the first one to describe amyloid and he used the greek term for starch “amylum” to describe what he believed was a starch-like (i.e. “amyloid”) substance. He came to this conclusion since tissue samples laden with amyloid stained bluish after they were treated with iodine and changed into violet after the superimposition of sulphuric acid. This reaction can also be observed when applied to starch and sugar.