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Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) Annual Conference
Friday, October 18, 2013 -
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Location: Westin O’Hare Hotel , Rosemont, IL
Description: The goals of the PEDRA annual meetings are to provide an educational platform that will enhance the research skills of PeDRA investigators and establish a forum for the critical review of research proposals developed by PeDRA disease-focused groups and to create a bridge between basic scientists and clinicians to enhance opportunities for research. Each group will identify and prioritize the clinical needs and therapeutic opportunities.
Contact: Carl C. Baker(301) 435-1240
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Office of Rare Diseases Research
WORLD Symposium 2010 (Lysosomal Disease Network's 6th Annual Research Meeting)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 -
Friday, February 12, 2010
Location: Miami Hilton Downtown, Miami, Florida
Description: The specific aims of this meeting were to (1) emphasize the strategies for, and identify the obstacles to, moving from translational research to clinical trials; (2) coalesce members of the LD network into functional research collaborations and present to the LDN community progress on the specific projects that are part of the funded U54 RDCRN grant; (3) foster interdisciplinary collaboration with the overall goal of improving knowledge of basic discoveries and clinical manifestations of these diseases; (4) provide an educational forum for young investigators, clinicians, and researchers in the field; (5) identify and discuss the latest findings in the natural history of lysosomal diseases, diagnostic testing and screening, and treatment, with specific focus on (a) inflammatory components of lysosomal diseases and autophagy, especially in the central nervous system, (b) new treatments of the central nervous systems, and (c) ethics and efficacy in treating the presymptomatic or asymptomatic patient; and (6) identify areas requiring additional basic and clinical research and public policy and regulatory attention, such as ethics and economics, and factors that impact implementation of therapy, including newborn screening.
Contact: Dr. Danilo A. Tagle(301) firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Office of Rare Diseases Research
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