Information for Professional Attendees

NOVEMBER 9-12, 2017
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 216-5858

Patient Benefit Conference

The Patient Benefit Conference is an innovative meeting where patients and experts will collaborate to identify science-driven solutions to the most important mental and physical health issues LAM patients face every day, and develop plans to tackle those that can potentially be solved in less than five years. The conference will offer funding opportunities to promising proposals that present solutions.

The aims of the conference are four-fold:

  1. Facilitate results-driven dialogue among scientists, clinicians and patients aimed at identifying both patient needs and viable solutions across several modalities.
  2. Identify new therapies or products that offer benefits in five years or less to patients living with LAM.
  3. Request research and product development proposals that have the potential to improve the treatment and/or quality of life for patients living with LAM.
  4. Raise sufficient funds to put support behind the most promising projects within a few months of the meeting.

To help us prepare for the conference, we sought advance insights from LAM patients and LAM Clinic Directors via an online survey. Based on the results, the following themes are being considered for workshops that will focus on finding solutions to help LAM patients in a relatively short time frame (five years or less):

  • New imaging technologies to quantify the volume of cysts in the lungs or quantify other lung changes as a means of measuring LAM progression, or assessing treatment response.
  • Identification of new predictive and prognostic biomarkers for LAM; development of a LAM-specific severity scale and studies to further define the various disease-specific phenotypes which can impact the natural history as well as the treatment response among patients with LAM.
  • Creation of patient tools for tracking disease progression and communicating effectively with their care team – online apps, home spirometry, patient reported outcomes, etc.
  • Improvements in oxygen therapy and technology, enhanced understanding of the impact of shortness of breath and chest pain on the quality of life of LAM patients and the role of exercise in LAM patients.
  • Development of tools to help LAM patients cope with anxiety, fear, and depression.
  • New means to address the nature of fatigue in LAM and the potential links to tumor burden and sleep disorders.

Conference Agendaplus

Researchers, clinicians, knowledge experts, patients and family members will begin this two day conference in an Opening Plenary Session where all attendees will hear directly from patients about the most challenging aspects of living with LAM, followed by brief scientific and clinical presentations addressing current science, therapies and technology that are available to address patient needs. Scientists and clinicians will convene for additional updates and presentations related to LAM science and the issues presented by the patients, while patient and family members attend LAMposium sessions.

During the conference, attendees will choose between several Solutions Workshops where they will be tasked with developing and refining proposals to identify new studies, products or services that address issues that patients want solved in the short term.

In the closing plenary session, workshop leaders will present the most promising proposals that were generated in the workshops.

Enthusiasm and hope generated from these presentations will carry over to inspire attendees at the Breath of Hope Gala, where they will be encouraged to donate to Fund A Cure and generate funds to support the most promising projects.

Conference Agenda


Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:00pm – 9:00pm Arrival and Registration
6:00pm – 9:00pm Welcome Reception for Researchers, Clinicians and Thought Leaders
6:00pm – 9:00pm Social for LAM Patients, Family & Friends

Friday, November 10, 2017
7:00am – 9:00pm Registration
7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am – 12:00am Opening Plenary Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 5:10pm Patient Benefit Conference – Professional Sessions & Workshops
1:00pm – 5:10pm LAMposium LA – Patient and Family Sessions
5:30pm – 7:00pm Friday Evening Mixer – Patients, Family and Professionals

Saturday, November 11, 2017
7:00am – 9:00pm Registration
7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30am – 12:00pm Patient Benefit Conference – Solution Workshops
8:30am – 12:00pm LAMposium LA – Patient and Family Sessions
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Patient Benefit Research Conference – Solution Workshops
1:00pm – 2:00pm LAMposium LA – Patient and Family Sessions
2:00pm – 4:00pm Closing Plenary Session – Presentation of Project Proposals
6:00pm – 12:00am Breath of Hope Gala

Who Should Attend?plus

This conference is designed to appeal to a wide range of LAM experts:

  • Radiologists and thoracic imaging professionals with an interest in LAM will work together to determine how imaging can be used to better assess patients with LAM;
  • LAM Clinic Directors, patient care team members and respiratory therapists will be able to learn and contribute their expertise in the clinical needs of women with LAM;
  • Integrative medicine and fatigue experts, exercise physiologists, psychologist and mental health professionals with an interest in coping and chronic conditions will be interested in exploring the intricacies of how LAM patients face these problems;
  • Graduate students or fellows interested in learning more about any of these issues are also welcome;
  • Data engineers and app developers are needed to help address problems around tracking disease progression and helping patients communicate effectively with their care team through online apps, home spirometry and using patient reported outcomes for research;
  • Patients are necessary to add their experience and expertise to the conversation.

LAM Patient Benefit Grant Programplus

Mission of the Patient Benefit Grant Program
To fund proposals that have the potential to result in solutions that have a positive impact on the diagnosis, care or quality of life of patients with LAM, in five years or less.

Guidelines

  • Patient Benefit Grant awards are restricted to projects that propose solutions that will benefit patients in five years or less.
  • Patient Benefit Grant awards provide one year of funding, and range from $5,000 to $50,000.
  • Candidates must have appropriate experience/expertise, an MD, PhD or equivalent degree.
  • Investigators of all nationalities are eligible, but candidates must possess visas that allow for completion of the proposed project at the initiating organization.

Publications
Publications based on any study or research done during the period of support should acknowledge the support of The LAM Foundation, and a reprint should be sent to The LAM Foundation office. Periodic progress reports are required and must be completed to assist the Foundation in shaping future policies with respect to its award program.

Format:

  1. The Proposed Research section of the online grant application for all LAM awards is limited to 10 pages, not including references and figures.
  2. Proposals should follow the format listed below:
    a. Hypotheses and specific aims
    b. Literature review, preliminary data
    c. Research plan; experimental methods
    d. Significance, importance

Factors Considered in Evaluation of Applications
Applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of The LAM Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Factors considered when selecting awardees are:

  1. Scientific or clinical merit of the research or product proposal.
  2. Relevance to topics identified by LAM patients as their top priority and discussed at the Patient Benefit Conference as outlined here:
    • New imaging technologies to quantify the volume of cysts in the lungs or quantify other lung changes as a means of measuring LAM progression, or assessing treatment response.
    • Identification of new predictive and prognostic biomarkers for LAM; development of a LAM-specific severity scale and studies to further define the various disease-specific phenotypes which can impact the natural history as well as the treatment response among patients with LAM.
    • Creation of patient tools for tracking disease progression and communicating effectively with their care team – online apps, home spirometry, patient reported outcomes, etc.
    • Improvements in oxygen therapy and technology, enhanced understanding of the impact of shortness of breath and chest pain on the quality of life of LAM patients and the role of exercise in LAM patients.
    • Development of tools to help LAM patients cope with anxiety, fear, and depression.
    • New means to address the nature of fatigue in LAM and the potential links to tumor burden and sleep disorders.
  3. Cost efficiency (see below*)
  4. Expertise and commitment of applicant
  5. Research environment

*As the amount of money is limited and the number of proposal we would like to fund will clearly exceed our resources, we ask that applicants hone budgets to amounts absolutely required to complete projects. Cost efficiency will be considered along with scientific merit in all funding decisions.

Examples of allowed costs:

  • Technician or fellow effort
  • Coordinator effort
  • Supplies, reagents, external vendor fees

Examples of costs that are discouraged:
  • PI effort
  • Travel

Patient Benefit Conference Steering Committeeplus

The LAM Foundation would like to thank the members of the Patient Benefit Steering Committee for their expertise and guidance in creating this unique conference:

Chairman: Francis X. McCormack, MD, University of Cincinnati, The LAM Foundation Scientific Director
Nishant Gupta, MD, University of Cincinnati, LAM Clinic Director
Sue Sherman, MHA, The LAM Foundation, Executive Director
Kim Hasselfeld, The LAM Foundation, Scientific Program Coordinator
Joseph Lynch, MD, UCLA, LAM Clinic Director

Additional Conference Meetings and Activitiesplus

The LAM Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Study Section - Members of the SAB will meet to review submissions to The LAM Foundation's 2017 Grant Program.

Welcome Reception for Researchers, Clinicians and Thought Leaders - This networking reception will be a chance to connect with colleagues and meet others who will be attending. Light snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Opening Plenary Session - Patients with LAM present on the challenges they face on a daily basis, followed by brief presentations addressing current science, therapies and technology that are available to address specific patient needs.

Friday Evening Mixer - Designed as a key element of the Patient Benefit Conference, professional attendees will join LAM patients and family attendees to share additional insights into the challenges patients face every day and brainstorm potential solutions. Participants will be encouraged to organize and recruit attendees to the solution workshops that will convene on Saturday morning.

Solutions Workshops - Researchers, clinicians, thought leaders and patients will use what they learned during the Opening Plenary Session and the Friday Evening Mixer about the challenges patients with LAM are facing to create proposals that offer solutions in five years or less. Participants will use the concepts of design thinking to develop and refine their ideas and put together proposals. The ideas with the most potential will be presented during the Closing Plenary Session and will be eligible to receive a Patient Benefit Grant.

Closing Plenary Session – Researchers, clinicians, thought leaders and patients have spent the weekend developing ideas, potential products and trials that could help LAM patients within the next five years. During this session, groups will present the ideas from the Solutions Workshop that hold the most potential to improve the quality of life for LAM patients.

Breath of Hope Gala - The Breath of Hope Gala is attended by women with LAM, their families, friends, the scientific and medical LAM community and local LAM supporters. Join us for dinner and dancing, a silent auction, the Rose Ceremony and one of the largest annual fundraisers for LAM research, Fund A Cure. Money raised during Fund A Cure will fund projects proposed as a result of the Patient Benefit Conference. The Gala is included in conference registration. For more details on the Breath of Hope Gala, or to purchase Gala-only tickets, CLICK HERE.

Breakfast & Lunch – Researchers, clinicians, patients, family and friends are all welcome to connect while sharing a meal together.