WORLDSymposium is excited to launch the 17th Annual Scientific Sessions in 2021 as a Hybrid Event with both “Live” and “Virtual” program options,  and the WORLDSymposium Planning Committee is seeking suggestions and input from attendees.

Click here to submit ideas and suggestions for WORLDSymposium 2021 by September 1, 2020. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete with 9 multiple choice questions and 3 short questions with an option to provide comments. When taking the survey, responses can be anonymous, or responders may enter their email address to be entered into a drawing for a complimentary Virtual WORLDSymposium 2021 registration. The drawing will take place on September 15th. 

Although the survey will remain active until September 1, please complete the survey TODAY to ensure the Planning Committee receives the feedback in plenty of time.


The deadline for submitting an abstract to WORLDSymposium is October 1, 2020 for review by the Program Committee. Abstracts must be submitted with the intention that they will be presented if selected. Authors should not submit abstracts if they do not plan to present at the meeting. Click here for more information.


Nominations for the Roscoe O. Brady Award for Innovation and Accomplishment and the Patient Advocate Leader Award are now open. Awards will be presented at WORLDSymposium 2021. Nominations Deadline is September 1, 2020.

Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPH to Deliver Keynote Address on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPH The WORLDSymposium Planning Committee is excited to announce Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPH, will provide the Keynote Address on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the 17th Annual WORLDSymposium Scientific Meeting in San Diego, California, USA.

Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The Deadliest Enemy by Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPHHe is the author of the 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.

Dr. Osterholm will be presenting the Keynote Address on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST.  Make sure this session is on your calendar to hear Dr. Osterholm’s important messages.

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WORLDSymposium™ 2021 will be Virtual and Live

Planning for WORLDSymposium 2021 is officially underway, and the 2021 Planning Committee is taking into consideration formats that will be safe and feasible in February, 2021. In anticipation of continued progress on a global level, initial plans are in place for the 17th annual live gathering in San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. In addition, plans are underway to include an alternative virtual format to supplement the live meeting, and allow for registration for those who are unable to attend in person.

  1. WORLDSymposium will be publishing updates by email every two-three weeks.
  2. The WORLDSymposium 2021 Program and Abstracts will again be published in the February 2021 “Lysosomes” issue of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism.
  3. There will be a new category for abstract submissions: “COVID-19 Pandemic: SARS-CoV-2 virology, pathobiology, immunization and treatment”, How is the pandemic influencing current practice, patient care, active research, and how are clinicians and researchers responding?

The WORLDSymposium Planning Committee is looking for new ideas for WORLDSymposium 2021, and will consider any ideas which can contribute to the quality and enhance the research presentations at WORLDSymposium 2021. All ideas and feedback must be submitted no later than August 1, 2020, and all submissions will be kept confidential. Submit an idea here.

COVID-19 Aware

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact around the world, WORLDSymposium is mindfully monitoring the global situation, with a priority on the safety and well-being of all attendees, speakers, stakeholders and staff. WORLDSymposium is currently planning a live event, February 2021, in San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. At this time, the state of California is under a statewide stay-at-home order, with no imminent plans of when they will re-open, which means the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel is currently closed; however, it is anticipated to re-open Fall 2020.

Please continue to monitor this site ( for any updates or sign up to receive the latest information regarding the 2021 annual scientific meeting.

Please note, WORLDSymposium is adding virtual participation as a viable and exciting option for attending, for those who are unable to attend in person.

WORLDSymposium Online 1-hour CME Session: Cardiovascular Implications in Fabry Disease Now Available

WORLDSymposium has released a free one-hour online CME session “Cardiovascular Implications in Fabry Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach”, available to all health care practitioners. The course is available at CME University and at myCME.

There is a required pre-test and post-test in order to obtain the credit.

If you are already registered with CME University or myCME, you may use your user name and password to login and complete the activity. If you are a new user, you will be prompted to set up a login so you can save your progress and credit history.

Claiming Educational Credits for the 2020 WORLDSymposium Meeting

Information on how to claim education credits is given only to registered attendees and is available in the 2020 WORLDSymposium mobile app or by contacting us.

Preliminary Schedule at A Glance

Day Monday
Feb. 8, 2021
Feb. 9, 2021
Feb. 10, 2021
Feb. 11, 2021
6:15-7:15 AM Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia
Morning Emerging Trends 2021 (8:00-11:30 AM) Basic Science: Disease Mechanisms, Pathology, and Biomarkers Translational Research Clinical Trial Outcomes2
Lunch Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia
Afternoon Basic Science: Disease Mechanisms, Pathology, and Biomarkers Translational Research Clinical Trials for Registration1 NEW Contemporary Forum: Industry Abstracts from All Categories (Non-CME)
4:30-6:30 PM Opening Reception & Poster Reception I Poster Reception II Poster Reception III Networking Reception (4:30-5:30 PM)
6:30-8:30 PM Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia Lysosomal Disease Network (LDN) COPA and Council of Research Experts (CORE) (5:00 – 7:00 PM)
1 Abstracts in the Clinical Trials for Registration category must have an FDA Investigational New Drug (IND) application (Phase I-III clinical trial), an EMA Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD), or equivalent.
2 The Clinical Outcomes category includes licensed therapies (Phase IV) and non-interventional studies.

We’re Organizing Research on Lysosomal Diseases

Dates to Remember

August 1, 2020
Abstract submission website open.

September 1, 2020
Registration for the conference opens. Hotel registration opens for individuals who are able to attend the live conference in San Diego. Distribution of exhibitor prospectus and support opportunities to all prior supporting companies, and also available by request.

October 1, 2020
Deadline for submission of full-length manuscripts for peer-review in the “Lysosomes” issue of Molecular Genetics & Metabolism, February, 2021. Click here to access the Guide for Authors or to Submit Your Paper.

October 1, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission to WORLDSymposium 2021.

November 1 – December 1,  2020
Late breaking abstract submission open.

November 15, 2020
Notification of abstract acceptance for poster or platform presentation at WORLDSymposium 2021.

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.