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 2020 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 1,900 lyosomal disease professionals from more than 50 different countries, plus more than 40 exhibiting companies and patient advocate groups. Leading scientists from around the world will present their research findings at Platform and Poster Sessions.


Emerging Trends 2020 will start on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 8:00 AM. There will also be Monday Lunch Satellite Symposia before the Monday General Session begins.

New This Year: General Session Begins Monday, February 10 at 1:00 PM

WORLDSymposium 2020 will kickoff with the General Session (Regency Ballroom) on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 1:00-4:30PM.  Presentation of the Young Investigator Awards will be prior to the start of the General Session.

Opening Reception

The WORLDSymposium 2020 Opening Reception will be in the Exhibit Hall (Regency Ballroom) on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 4:30-6:30PM. This reception includes the first of three Poster Sessions and is open to all attendees.

Awards and Scholarships

The Young Investigator Awards will be presented on Monday at 1:00 PM in the Regency Ballroom prior to the start of the General Session.

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

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

Satellite Symposia

Satellite Symposia will be offered at various times starting on Tuesday morning.

New This Year: Industry Contemporary Forum (Non-CME) to be Held Thursday, February 13 at 1:00 PM

WORLDSymposium 2020 will conclude with a Non-CME Contemporary Forum Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 1:00-4:30PM.. These non-CME platform presentations are specifically for corporate first authors and provide attendees with cutting-edge industry research, data and developments.

Networking Reception

A Networking Reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020 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.

Lysosomal Disease Network’s (LDN) Meeting

The 2020 LDN Annual Meeting will include the Council of Patient Advocates (COPA), the Council of Research Experts (CORE) – also known as the NIH-funded Investigators, or Lysosomal Disease Network Investigators , the Council of Industry Leaders (COIL), and the NEW Council on Detection of Newborns (CODON) and will meet on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.