Updated January 2022

  • WORLDSymposium 2022 is planned and will be implemented as a LIVE meeting. The safety and wellbeing of WORLDSymposium attendees, speakers, and staff is at the forefront of all planning efforts, and the full Health and Safety guidelines are posted here:
  • During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the value of a live meeting with personal interactions also continues to be at the forefront of the planning process.
  • Speakers for the 18th Annual WORLDSymposium were selected based on the highest scoring research abstracts AND the speaker’s ability to present their research LIVE in San Diego. Speakers who were unable to commit to a live presentation were awarded virtual poster presentations.

As noted on the WORLDSymposium Health and Safety page, anyone who is unable (or unwilling) to comply with the policies and guidelines is welcome to change their registration from live to virtual at any time. Cancellation and change policies are also posted.

WORLDSymposium 2022 Poster List Now Posted

WORLDSymposium 2022 will feature over 400 scientific abstracts presented at four separate poster sessions. These sessions are an excellent opportunity to discuss concepts, share knowledge, and exchange ideas directly with the abstract authors and other WORLDSymposium participants. Click here for more information and to download the list.


The *Preliminary Program for WORLDSymposium 2022 is now available.

Five full days of new discoveries, cutting-edge research, and updates from ongoing studies will be presented by scientists and clinicians from around the globe. This year’s program includes exciting breakthroughs in Basic Science, Translational Research, Clinical Applications and much more. Click here to view the program.

*The Preliminary Program is subject to change without notice. Any updates to the program will be posted on this website.


WORLDSymposium is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Young Investigator Award. A total of 70 investigators-in-training, who submitted a research abstract to WORLDSymposium 2022, also applied for the 2022 Young Investigator Award. The WORLDSymposium Planning Committee reviewed all applications and 10 individuals were selected to receive the 2022 awards. The review process was difficult due to the excellent caliber of all the applications. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Stuart A. Kornfeld, MD to receive the 2022 Roscoe O. Brady Award for Innovation and Accomplishment

Stuart A Kornfeld, MDWORLDSymposium is excited to announce Stuart A. Kornfeld, MD, as the recipient of the 2022 Roscoe O. Brady Award for Innovation and Accomplishment.

Dr. Kornfeld is the David C. and Betty Farrell Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is best known for his contributions to the field of glycoprotein research – the study of how sugars are attached to proteins and the roles these molecules play in cellular function. His lab was instrumental in elucidating the pathway for the biosynthesis of the mannose 6-phosphate moieties on lysosomal hydrolases. Defects in this pathway give rise to the lysosomal diseases mucolipidosis II and III. This glycoprotein receptor-mediated uptake of enzymes is the basis for ‘cross-correction’, the underpinning mechanism of all lysosomal enzyme replacement therapies.

The 2022 Roscoe O. Brady Award will be presented on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 7:30 AM PST, followed by a scientific presentation from Dr. Kornfeld. Click here to read more.


Tippi MacKenzie is a Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute for Regeneration Medicine. She is a pediatric and fetal surgeon who is focused on developing better ways to diagnose and treat genetic diseases before birth. She runs a translational research lab examining fetal immunology and maternal-fetal tolerance, with the ultimate goal of inventing new fetal therapies for patients with genetic diseases or pregnancy complications. She has moved two fetal molecular therapies from the lab to the clinic as phase 1 clinical trials after obtaining FDA approval: in utero hematopoietic stem cell transplantation to treat fetuses with alpha thalassemia and in utero enzyme replacement therapy in fetuses with lysosomal storage disorders.

Plan to attend Dr. MacKenzie’s Keynote Address Prenatal enzyme replacement therapy for lysosomal disorders: Launching a phase I clinical trial at 7:30 AM PST on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the 18th Annual WORLDSymposium in San Diego, California. Click here to read more.

Sue Kahn to receive the WORLDSymposium 2022 Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) Award

Sue Kahn NTSAD PAL AwardCongratulations to Sue Kahn, the recipient of the WORLDSymposium 2022 Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) Award. Sue is a leader known for her business acumen and ability to build relationships, collaborate, and drive research at one of the oldest and most respected patient advocacy groups in the rare disease community. For 14 years, she has served as the Executive Director of the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association (NTSAD) that supports families affected by Tay-Sachs, Canavan, GM1, and Sandhoff.

The 2022 Patient Advocate Leader Award will be presented at 7:30 AM PST on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the 18th annual WORLDSymposiumin San Diego, California.

Click here to read more.

Preliminary LIVE Schedule at A Glance

Schedule is subject to change
Download: WORLDSymposium 2022 Schedule at a Glance

Day Sunday
Feb. 6, 2022
Feb. 7, 2022
Feb. 8, 2022
Feb. 9, 2022
Feb. 10, 2022
Feb. 11, 2022
Morning Innovation Award
Basic Science
PAL & YI Awards
Translational Research
Keynote Address
Clinical Applications
New Treatment Award
Contemporary Forum (Non-CME)
Satellite Symposia
Late-breaking Abstracts
Lunch Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia 12:00 PM Adjourn
Afternoon Robert J. Gorlin Symposium Basic Science Translational Research Clinical Applications Contemporary Forum (Non-CME)
Poster Session I Poster Session II Poster Session III Poster Session IV
Evening Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia

We’re Organizing Research on Lysosomal Diseases

Dates to Remember

July 1, 2021
Abstract submission website open.

August 1, 2021
Registration for the conference opens. Distribution of exhibitor prospectus and support opportunities to all prior supporting companies, and also available by request.

October 1, 2021
Deadline for submission of full-length manuscripts for peer-review in the “Lysosomes” issue of Molecular Genetics & Metabolism, February, 2022. Click here to access the Guide for Authors or to Submit Your Paper.

October 1, 2021
Deadline for abstract submission to WORLDSymposium 2022.

November 1 – December 1,  2021
Late breaking abstract submission open.

November 15, 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance for poster or platform presentation at WORLDSymposium 2022.

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.

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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.