LAMposium 2020

Information for Professionals

April 30 - May 3, 2020
The Summit, A Dolce Hotel
5345 Medpace Way 
Cincinnati, OH 45227

 

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We are nearing the full capacity of our guestroom block at The Summit Hotel. There are still a few rooms left in the Conference block, please make your reservations as soon as possible. We have set up an additional block with The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, a newly constructed hotel just behind the Summit Hotel. The two hotels are a short walk apart; however, a free shuttle will be available for guests if needed.

 


 

The field of LAM research has progressed at a rapid pace over the last two decades. Much of the credit for the pace of discovery in LAM goes to the annual International LAM Foundation Research Conference, which has been supported by the NHLBI for each of the last 22 years. The conference attracts experts in every facet of clinical investigation and molecular and cellular biology, including clinical trialists, clinical investigators with expertise in interstitial lung disease and pleural disease, basic scientists from the pulmonary, TSC and smooth muscle communities, geneticists, and experts in lymphangiogenesis. In particular, for this year, authorities in uterine biology will participate. One of the most innovative, motivating and inspiring aspects of the annual LAM meeting has been the interchange between physicians and scientists and the patients and family members who attend each year.

The aims of the 2020 International LAM Research Conference are:

  • To review exciting advances in advanced lung imaging, single-cell RNA sequencing, estrogen/uterine signaling, immunotherapy, and metabolic processes that are relevant to LAM.
  • Provide a forum for LAM Clinic Directors to promote best practices and refine LAM Clinical Practice Guidelines, discuss difficult cases, and set priorities for the LAM Clinic Network.
  • To set the stage for another 25 years of scientific progress by launching the first Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Symposium. 
  • Full immersion and integration of patients, families, and friends into all facets of the conference and the research that will favorably impact the health of their loved ones.

       

Wine & Cheese Poster Session and Friday Awards Banquet plus

Wine & Cheese Poster Reception
Friday, May 1 | 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

This Friday afternoon reception will give the author of each submitted abstract an opportunity to showcase their work while networking with the peers and senior investigators as they circulate around the room viewing the posters.

The Poster Chair, Vera Krymskaya, PhD, has initiated a new feature this year. She will select up to 6 investigators to give a “One Minute” presentation at the podium immediately prior to the reception By the end of the session, the posters will have been judged and the most meritorious poster in each of the three categories: Basic; Translational; Clinical will be announced at the Friday Awards Banquet. Those investigators will be presented with a poster award of $200.

Friday Awards Banquet
Friday, May 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Please join us to honor those individuals who best reflect the different ways someone can live our mission to find a cure for LAM. Without all the hard work and/or generosity of our donors, be it the patient/family member who chose to ask for donations to the Foundation in lieu of birthday gifts or those patients, families and friends who organized larger fund-raising events. Those donation dollars allow us to celebrate the investigators whose ideas were awarded funding by the Foundation. Frank McCormack, MD, will host the event, welcome special guest speakers, and make a keynote presentation, as we recognize all our heroes who are making a difference in the search for a cure.

2018 Annual Grant Cycle Awardees:
Charilaos Filippakis, PhD; William Stanford, PhD; Anne Karina Perl, PhD and Yan Xu, PhD

2019 Annual Grant Cycle Awardees:
Michael Evans, PhD; Yan Tang, PhD; Jane Yu, PhD, Katharina Maisel, PhD; Cormac McCarthy, MD, PhD; Miquel Angel Pujana, PhD

2019 Seed Grant Awardees:
Katharina Maisel, PhD; Cormac McCarthy, MD, PhD; Miquel Angel Pujana, PhD

2020 Poster Awards: To be announced that night

Early Stage Investigator Symposium plus

EARLY STAGE INVESTIGATOR'S SYMPOSIUM (ESI Symposium)

Thursday, April 30 | 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

In 2015, a small group of young TSC researchers from the UK organized a meeting that took place prior to the TSC International Conference in Windsor. This gathering was specifically geared toward young investigators working in TSC and LAM. The idea was to provide an opportunity for young scientists working on TSC and LAM to present their work in an informal environment, connect with colleagues from all over the world, and build new collaborations to promote the future of TSC/LAM research.

Building upon the success of the Early-Stage TSC Researcher Meeting in 2019, The LAM Foundation announces the addition of the Early Stage Investigator Symposium to our research conference in 2020. This agenda is just for the “early-stage investigator” as defined by the NIH (LINK HERE). The purpose of the ESI Symposium is to stimulate scientific exchange, networking, and collaboration among the next generation of LAM scientists. The meeting will showcase early-stage investigator research and facilitate interactions with senior investigators to highlight the translational potential of LAM basic research into the clinic.

Six abstracts received during the “Call for Abstracts” will be selected to present to their peers. Notification will be announced to the investigators by early March 2020.

The LAM Foundation believes in the new generation of researchers in the TSC and LAM field, and the Early Stage Investigator Symposium is a tremendous opportunity to inspire young, brilliant scientists to continue working in TSC and LAM. We look forward to working with you!

THURSDAY, April 30, 2020 –Mt. Auburn 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. –Welcome and Introductions and Patient Introduction
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Vera Krymskaya, PhD, MBA - Keynote Address
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Three Presentations (10 min – 5 min Q & A) by Early Stage Investigators
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Break and Networking
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Three Presentations (10 min – 5 min Q & A) by Early Stage Investigators
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. – Senior Investigator Panel
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Conference Opening and Welcome Mixer in Madisonville Ballroom A & B

ESI CO-CHAIRS/Moderators:
Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD – Northwestern University
Debbie Clements, PhD – University of Nottingham
Chase Hall, MD – University of Kansas
Hilaire Lam, PhD – Brigham and Women’s Hospital

SENIOR INVESTIGATORS:
Simon Johnson, MBBS, DM, FRCP –University of Nottingham
David Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD – Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University
Anne Karina Perl, PhD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Yan Xu, PhD – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Jane Yu, PhD – University of Cincinnati

Call For Abstracts plus

The LAM Foundation “Call for Abstracts” is open until January 31, 2020. Studies on basic, translational, and clinical/psychosocial aspects of tuberous sclerosis complex and lymphangioleiomyomatosis are welcomed. To begin your submission, you must log in to the Foundation's grant/abstract website Click Here.

Your submission could be chosen for one of the following:

  1. Platform Presentation/Travel Award: All early-stage investigators will have an opportunity to be chosen for a platform presentation. This will entitle you to The Francis G. Byrnes Travel Award. This $1,000 award will help cover some of the costs for travel to the conference. Notification of platform presenters will be after 2/28/2020.
  2. Early Stage Investigator Symposium (see details below): The four co-chairs of the ESI Symposium (Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD, Debbie Clements, PhD, Chase Hall, MD, and Hilaire Lam, PhD) will be selecting several abstracts to present during the Thursday afternoon symposium. (You will need to arrive in Cincinnati by Thursday morning.) If you attend the ESI Symposium you will get a discount on your conference registration, too!
  3. One Minute Abstracts: The Poster Session Chair, Vera Krymskaya, PhD, will ask up to six (6) abstract authors to present a one-minute summary of their research from the podium. These presentations are scheduled for immediately prior to the Wine & Cheese Poster Reception on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
  4. Poster Display: All posters will be on display in the Madisonville Ballroom A from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon.
  5. Poster Awards: The most meritorious poster in basic, clinical, and translational fields will be announced at the Friday Awards Banquet (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and presented with a $200 prize.

Notification of acceptance and selection for presentation as a Platform presenter, ESI presenter, or poster format will be sent to the submitting author via email by early March, 2020. This will provide time for presenters to register for the conference before the Early Registration Deadline of March 21, 2020.

For any questions, contact Judy Sheridan.

Clinic Director Congress and Conference Debrief plus

Sunday, May 3 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This half-day session on Sunday morning will include a debrief of the 2020 International LAM Research Conference hosted by meeting Co- Chairs: Frank McCormack, MD; Lisa Henske, MD; Greg Downey, MD, and Nishant Gupta, MD; and Poster Session Chair, Vera Krymskaya, PhD.

The Clinic Director Congress will take place during the second half of the morning, and will be led by Nishant Gupta, MD, Director of the LAM Clinic Network.
Topics on the agenda will include:

  • A LAM Clinic & Research Network Strategy Session
  • LAM Treatment and Diagnostic Guideline Discussion
  • Challenging Cases
  • Future Conference Planning

 

Conference Highlightsplus

Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Symposium
Thursday, April 30 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The purpose of the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Symposium is to promote scientific exchange, networking, and collaboration in the next generation of scientists who will focus on understanding and curing LAM. This meeting for our scientists will showcase early-stage investigator research and facilitate interactions with senior investigators to highlight the translational potential of LAM basic research into the clinic. Discounted registration for the full conference will be offered to all ESI attendees.

Welcome Mixer
Thursday, April 30 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us Thursday evening to share appetizers, experiences, friendship, and excitement for the upcoming weekend. All conference attendees are welcome, including speakers, professionals, patients, and family members.

To learn more about LAMposium, click here

2020 International LAM Research Conference
Friday, May 1 | Sunday, May 3
Scientific presentations led by international LAM experts will provide a forum to discuss the molecular and cellular basis of LAM, review the clinical management of LAM, present cutting-edge research, integrate concepts, identify creative and innovative research directions, recruit promising junior investigators, and improve the health and quality of life for patients living with LAM.

You can learn more about the Research Conference here

Wine & Cheese Poster Reception
Friday, May 1 | 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
This energizing session for our professionals will highlight current LAM research projects, provide a platform for young investigators to present their work, and encourage networking. The most meritorious poster in the basic science, clinical, and translational fields will be announced at the Friday Awards Banquet, described below, and presented with a prize.

Friday Awards Banquet
Friday, May 1 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Celebrate the successes and advancements in LAM research achieved through the collaboration of scientists, clinicians, and patients. Frank McCormack, MD, Scientific Director of The LAM Foundation, will host as we recognize award recipients and welcome special guest speakers. All conference attendees are welcome. This dinner event is included with full conference registration.

Breath of Hope Gala & 25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, May 2 | 6 pm - Midnight
Join us as we mark The LAM Foundation's 25th Anniversary with an evening of hope, inspiration, and generosity at the Breath of Hope Gala, the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Be sure to don your dancing shoes and your Derby-day hat as we celebrate our LAM community on this festive first Saturday in May.

All conference attendees welcome. This dinner event is included with full conference registration. Tickets for family and friends not attending the conference are also available.

To learn more about our Breath of Hope Gala, please click here

Clinic Director Congress and Conference Debrief
Sunday, May 3 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
This half-day session on Sunday morning will include a debrief of the 2020 International LAM Research Conference hosted by meeting Co-Chairs: Frank McCormack, MD; Lisa Henske, MD; Greg Downey, MD, and Nishant Gupta, MD; and Poster Session Chair, Vera Krymskaya, PhD.

The Clinic Director Congress will take place during the second half of the morning, and will be led by Nishant Gupta, MD, Director of the LAM Clinic Network. Topics on the agenda will include:

  • A LAM Clinic & Research Network Strategy Session 
  • LAM Treatment and Diagnostic Guideline Discussion 
  • Challenging Cases
  • Future Conference Planning