WORLDSymposium™ 2018 Mobile App Available Online and for Download

The 14th Annual WORLDSymposium mobile app includes all the important information about the WORLDSymposium event, including the scientific meeting schedule, speakers and presentation titles, poster titles, satellite symposia, and an interactive exhibitor map. Registered attendees can log in to access full text of all abstracts. Click here for more information.

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony

This year, Monday evening will include the presentation of WORLDSymposiumYoung Investigator and New Treatment Awards at 5:15 PM in the Harbor Foyer, followed by the new WORLDSymposium Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall at 5:30 PM.

New Treatment Awards

The WORLDSymposium 2018 New Treatment Awards will be presented to cerliponase alfa (Brineura™, BioMarin) and vestronidase alfa (MEPSEVII™, Ultragenyx) on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 5:15 PM in the Harbor Foyer, followed by the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Click here to read the full announcement.


(Pre-Conference Course)

NEW This Year: Enhanced content, including a new section on newborn screening and shorter presentation segments that follow an overall transition from ‘basic’ understanding, to clinical diagnosis, and to ‘treatment’. Click here to see full agenda.

WORLDSymposium 2018 Preliminary Program now Posted

The Preliminary Program for WORLDSymposium 2018 is now available. Three full days of new discoveries, cutting-edge research, and updates from ongoing studies will be presented by scientists and clinicians from around the globe.

WORLDSymposium Young Investigator Awards for Basic Science Announced

Congratulations to the ten individuals selected to receive the WORLDSymposium Young Investigator Award for 2018. The award is a partial scholarship towards attendance at WORLDSymposium 2018. WORLDSymposium would like to congratulate all of the applicants for their hard work. Award recipients will be recognized at the Award Ceremony and Opening Reception on Monday, February 5 at 5:15 PM in the Harbor Foyer.

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WORLDSymposium Announces R. Rodney Howell, MD to deliver Keynote on Thursday, February 8, 2018

R. Rodney Howell, MDWORLDSymposium announces R. Rodney Howell, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Member of the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, as the 2018 Keynote Speaker on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:45 AM.

Dr. Howell is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics in the area of Clinical Biochemical Genetics. Dr. Howell was the Founding Chair (2004-2011) of the Advisory Committee of Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, the congressionally-mandated Committee that advises the Secretary of HHS on issues concerning newborn screening and the Recommended Uniform Newborn Screening Panel (RUSP).

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WORLDSymposium Announces Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc to deliver Keynote on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Petra Kaufmann, Office of Rare Diseases Research, NIHWORLDSymposium announces Petra Kaufmann, MD, MSc, director of the NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research, as the 2018 Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

Dr. Kaufmann’s work includes overseeing the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network program, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and the NCATS Toolkit for Patient-Focused Therapy Development. Kaufmann focuses on engaging a broad range of rare diseases research stakeholders to accelerate translation from discovery to health benefits through use of innovative methods and tools.

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WORLDSymposium Announces Jack Johnson as Recipient of the 2018 Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) Award

Jack Johnson Fabry Support & Information GroupEach year, WORLDSymposium recognizes one individual for patient advocacy leadership in the field of lysosomal disease. The 2018 Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) award will be presented to Jack Johnson, founder of the Fabry Support & Information Group. Click here to read more.

WORLDSymposium will honor Jack with the 2018 Patient Advocate Leader Award on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:45 AM prior to the start of the Translational Research presentations at WORLDSymposium 2018.

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WORLDSymposium Announces Mark E. Haskins, VMD, PhD as Recipient of 2018 Roscoe O. Brady Award for Innovation and Accomplishment

Mark E. Haskins, VMD, PhDDr. Haskins has a career that spans over 40 years, from his beginning as a NIH Medical Genetics Trainee in 1975 working on MPS VI, through his appointment as Professor Emeritus in 2014. His career in lysosomal disease research has been focused on the MPS diseases. Click here to read more.

Dr. Haskins will receive the 2018 award at the opening session of WORLDSymposium 2018 on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:45 AM.

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WORLDSymposium Registration Now Open

Plan to attend the 14th Annual WORLDSymposium February 5 – 9, 2018 in San Diego!

This symposium is designed for basic, translational and clinical researchers, patient advocacy groups, clinicians, and all others who are interested in learning more about the latest discoveries related to lysosomal diseases and the clinical investigation of these advances.

Preliminary Schedule at A Glance

Day Monday
Feb. 5, 2018
Feb. 6, 2018
Feb. 7, 2018
Feb. 8, 2018
Feb. 9, 2018
6:30-7:30 AM Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium
Morning Council of Patient Advocates (COPA) Session I: Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiology of Lysosomal Diseases Session III: Translational Research, Innovative Ideas Moving Toward Clinical Trials for Lysosomal Diseases Session V: Clinical Trials Council of Research Experts (CORE) (7:00 AM-3:00 PM)
Lunch Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium
Afternoon Emerging Trends 2018 (1:00-5:00 PM) Session II: Basic Science, Future Therapeutic Approaches to Treatment of Lysosomal Diseases Session IV: Translational Research, Experimental Therapies Currently Being Tested Session VI: Clinical Trials
4:30-6:30 PM Poster Session Poster Session Networking Reception (4:30-5:30 PM)
5:15-6:30 PM Award Ceremony & Opening Reception
6:30-8:30 PM Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium Satellite Symposium

We’re Organizing Research on Lysosomal Diseases

Dates to Remember

July 1, 2017
Abstract submission website open.

August 1, 2017
Online registration and hotel reservations open. Exhibitor prospectus available by request.

October 1, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission to WORLDSymposium 2018.

October 1, 2017
Deadline for submission of full-length manuscripts for peer-review in the “Lysosomes” issue of Molecular Genetics & Metabolism, February, 2018.

November 1 – December 1,  2017
Late breaking abstract submission open.

November 15, 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance for poster or platform presentation at WORLDSymposium 2018.

About WORLDSymposium

The goal of WORLDSymposium is to provide an interdisciplinary forum to explore and discuss specific areas of interest, research and clinical applicability related to lysosomal diseases. Each year, WORLDSymposium hosts a scientific meeting presenting the latest information from basic science, translational research, and clinical trials for lysosomal diseases. This symposium is designed to help researchers and clinicians to better manage and understand diagnostic options for patients with lysosomal diseases, identify areas requiring additional basic and clinical research, public policy and regulatory attention, and identify the latest findings in the natural history of lysosomal diseases.

The Editor

Chester B. Whitley, PhD, MDChester B. Whitley, PhD, MD
WORLDSymposia Editor