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Late-breaking Call for Abstracts: WORLDSymposium Abstract Submission Deadline December 1, 2022

Individuals are encouraged to submit research on disease mechanisms, pathology and biomarkers, RNA therapies, gene editing, lentiviral ex vivo gene therapies, newborn screening, clinical trial information and results, COVID research related to lysosomal diseases, and any other research applicable to lysosomal disorders.

2023 YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED 

WORLDSymposium is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Young Investigator Award. Congratulations to this year’s recipients! Read full announcement here.

PETER MARKS, MD, PhD RETURNS AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2023 

Peter Marks FDA Keynote WORLDSymposium 2023

WORLDSymposium is excited to announce the return of Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and Drug Administration, as the 2023 Keynote Speaker. Dr. Marks gave presentations to the WORLDSymposium audience in 2020 and 2021, providing important updates on the FDA’s role in rare disease research, and he will present the 2023 Keynote Address on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Dr. Marks’ Keynote Address: Taking Gene Therapy to the Next Level, on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 7:30 AM EST, at the 19th Annual WORLDSymposium in Orlando, Florida. Read full announcement here.


WORLDSymposium ANNOUNCES CHRISTINE WAGGONER AS RECIPIENT OF 2023 PATIENT ADVOCATE LEADER AWARD 

Christine Waggoner Cure GM1 Foundation PAL

Congratulations to Christine Waggoner, the recipient of the WORLDSymposium 2023 Patient Advocate Leader (PAL) Award. After reviewing numerous nominations, and considering many amazing individuals, the WORLDSymposium 2023 Awards Committee has selected Christine as the recipient of the 2023 PAL Award. Christine founded the Cure GM1 Foundation in April 2015 in honor of her daughter Iris and all those affected by GM1 gangliosidosis. Christine’s work at Cure GM1 has involved a broad range, including animal models, biomarkers, gene therapy, enzyme replacement therapy, patient registries, patient reported outcomes, newborn screening and the first-ever GM1 caregiver preferences study.  Read full announcement here.


WORLDSymposium ANNOUNCES WILLIAM A. GAHL, MD, PHD, AS RECIPIENT OF 2023 ROSCOE O. BRADY AWARD

William A. Gahl, MD, PhD

Each year, WORLDSymposium recognizes one individual for innovation and accomplishment in the field of lysosomal disease research and therapy. After reviewing numerous nominations, and considering many amazing individuals, the WORLDSymposium 2023 Awards Committee has selected William A. Gahl, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2023 Roscoe O. Brady Award. Dr. Gahl is the Director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, a Senior Investigator in the Medical Genetics Branch and the Head of the Human Biochemical Genetics Section of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Read full announcement here.


WORLDSymposium 2023 SPEED MENTORING EVENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Speed mentoring connects aspiring, novice and mid-career scientists and research professionals with international leaders to facilitate transfer of valuable insights for professional growth. WORLDSymposium  is seeking volunteers to participate as mentors for this new “Speed Mentoring” session to be held at WORLDSymposium 2023.

Volunteer qualifications include:

  • Ability to travel to Orlando to participate live at WORLDSymposium 2023.
  • Willingness to meet with newer researchers in 5-7 minute increments during a scheduled “speed mentoring” session on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:15-6:15 PM EST, and stay for open discussion with attendees from 6:15-7:00 PM.
  • Willingness to share tips, advice and knowledge 1:1 during the scheduled time period.
  • A passion for teaching and mentoring to help foster the next generation of researchers.

WORLDSymposium 2023 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Plan to attend the 19th Annual WORLDSymposium Research Meeting February 22 – 26, 2023 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL, USA.

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.

Plans are in place for a LIVE in-person gathering in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. In addition, plans are underway to make the program available ON DEMAND after the conference ends to allow for registration for those who are unable to attend in person.


CLAIMING EDUCATIONAL CREDITS FOR THE 2022 WORLDSymposium MEETING

Information on how to claim education credits is given only to registered attendees and is available in the 2022 WORLDSymposium mobile app.


Preliminary Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is subject to change
Download: WORLDSymposium 2023 Schedule at a Glance

DayTuesday
Feb. 21, 2023
Wednesday
Feb. 22, 2023
Thursday
Feb. 23, 2023
Friday
Feb. 24, 2023
Saturday
Feb. 25, 2023
Sunday
Feb. 26, 2023
Satellite SymposiaSatellite SymposiaSatellite SymposiaSatellite Symposia
Morning Innovation Award
Basic Science
Patient Advocate Leader & Young Investigator Awards
Translational Research
Keynote Address
Clinical Applications
New Treatment Award
Contemporary Forum (Non-CME)
Late-breaking Abstracts
Midday Satellite SymposiaSatellite SymposiaSatellite SymposiaSatellite Symposia11:15 AM Adjourn
AfternoonRobert J. Gorlin SymposiumBasic ScienceTranslational ResearchClinical ApplicationsContemporary Forum (Non-CME)
Emerging TrendsPoster Session IPoster Session IIPoster Session IIIPoster Session IV
EveningBe the Catalyst EventSpeed Mentoring Event Satellite Symposia Satellite Symposia

Plan on attending the

19th Annual WORLDSymposium

February 21, 2023: Robert J. Gorlin Symposium and Emerging Trends

February 22-26, 2023: Research Meeting

Hilton Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA

Scientific Meeting Location & Accommodations

Hilton Orlando
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando Florida, USA, 32819
Phone: +1-407-313-4300
Website: hilton.com
Website: thehiltonorlando.com

Hotel Room Block is now open.

Letters of Invitation

Your meeting registration confirmation will include a link to generate a customized letter of invitation, which can be used when applying for a visa.


Dates to Remember

July 1, 2022
Abstract submission website open.

August 1, 2022
Registration for the conference opens. Distribution of exhibitor prospectus and support opportunities to all prior supporting companies, and also available by request.

October 1, 2022
Deadline for abstract submission to WORLDSymposium 2023.

October 1, 2022
Deadline for submission of full-length manuscripts for peer-review in the “Lysosomes” issue of Molecular Genetics & Metabolism, February, 2023. Click here to access the Guide for Authors or to Submit Your Paper.

November 1 – December 1, 2022
Late breaking abstract submission open.

November 15, 2022
Notification of abstract acceptance for poster or platform presentation at WORLDSymposium 2023.


About WORLDSymposium

WORLDSymposium™ is an annual research conference dedicated to lysosomal diseases.

WORLD is an acronym that stands for We’re Organizing Research on Lysosomal Diseases.

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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