Program + Events on Lysosomal Diseases

“WORLD” is an acronym for “We’re Organizing Research on Lysosomal Diseases”, and WORLDSymposium is now considered the premier international forum for gathering experts from around the globe who are actively involved in Basic Science, Translational Studies, and Clinical Applications for lysosomal diseases. The meeting also offers an Exhibit Hall featuring state-of-the-art medical and laboratory equipment, products, and services and the Patient Advocate Showcase.

Platform and Poster Sessions

Click here to download the WORLDSymposium 2019 Schedule at a Glance (PDF). 

WORLDSymposium 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 and the clinical investigation of these diseases. This year’s meeting is expected to attract over 1,600 lyosomal disease professionals from more than 38 different countries, plus almost 35 exhibiting companies and patient advocate groups. Leading scientists from around the world will present their research findings at Platform and Poster Sessions.


Emerging Trends 2019 and the Council of Patient Advocates (COPA) Workshop will be on Monday, February 4, 2019.

Opening Reception

WORLDSymposium 2019 will kickoff with an Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall (Regency Ballroom R) on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 5:30-6:30PM. This reception is open to all attendees.

Awards and Scholarships

The Young Investigator Awards will be presented on Monday evening at 5:15 PM in the Regency Rotunda prior to the Opening Reception.

The Roscoe O. Brady Award for Innovation and Accomplishment will be presented on Tuesday morning prior to the start of the General Session.

The Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) Award will be presented on Wednesday morning prior to the start of the General Session.

Satellite Symposia

Satellite Symposia will be offered at various times starting on Monday evening.

Networking Reception

A Networking Reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the Regency Rotunda. This networking opportunity is open to all attendees (no tickets required) and will commence immediately after the close of the General Session on Thursday. This is an excellent final opportunity to debrief and visit with colleagues in a casual and upbeat atmosphere with light hors d’oeuvres.

Council of Research Experts Meeting

The Council of Research Experts (CORE) – also known as the NIH-funded Investigators, or Lysosomal Disease Network Investigators – will meet on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.