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11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Welcome Address

by Dr Patrick Harrison, UCC, Professor Elena Levtchenko, UZ Leuven and Ms Anne Marie O’Dowd, Cystinosis Ireland.

Session One – Chair Dr Patrick Harrison

12:00 pm – 12:25 pmKeynote SpeakerDr Rik Gijsbers – Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Subdivision Viral Vector Technology & Gene Therapy, KU Leuven, Belgium

Title of Presentation: Viral Vectors for Gene Therapy: repurposing viruses to study and cure genetic disorders

12:25 pm – 12:55 pm – Short Research Communications

12:55 pm – 1:10 pm – Q&A and Discussion

1:10 pm – 1:15 pm – 5 MIN COMFORT BREAK

Session Two – Chair Professor Elena Levtchenko

1:15 pm – 1:40 pmKeynote SpeakerDr Manoe Janssen, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Title of Presentation: Exploring new therapy options for cystinosis.

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm – Short Research Communications

  • Dr Shu-Dong Zhang, Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine, Ulster University, Northern Ireland – Gene expression connectivity mapping approach to drug repurposing for cystinosis
  • Fatima Tokhmafshan, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada – A new nonsense mutant mouse model for cystinosis
  • Dr Koenraad Veys, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology, UZ Leuven, Belgium – Impact of early initiation of cysteamine on renal and extra-renal outcomes in cystinosis: a retrospective international multicentric cohort study in cystinosis siblings

2:10 pm – 2:25 pm – Q&A and Discussion

2:25 pm – 2:45 pm – 20 MIN BREAK

Session Three – Chair Dr Patrick Harrison

2:45 pm – 3:10 pmKeynote SpeakerProfessor Michael Taggart – Chair of Reproductive Sciences, Cardiovascular Research Centre, Newcastle University, UK

Title of Presentation: To be confirmed

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm – Short Research Communications

3:40 pm – 3:55 pm – Q&A and Discussion

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm – 5 MIN COMFORT BREAK

Session Four – Chair Professor Elena Levtchenko

4:00 pm – 4:25 pmKeynote Speaker – Professor Maya Doyle, Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Health Sciences & Clinical Assistant Professor, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, USA – including contributions from members of the Adult Leadership Advisory Board (ALAB) – Ms Cheryl Simeons and Ms Karen Gledhill

Title of Presentation: Advancing Adult Leadership in Cystinosis Advocacy and Supportsee poster for this presentation here

4:25 pm – 4:40 pm – Anne Marie O’Dowd, Executive Member of Cystinosis Ireland; Chair Cystinosis Network Europe & Worldwide Cystinosis Community Advisory Board

Title of Presentation (tbc): Involving the Public and Patient Perspective in Research

4:40 pm – 4:55 pm – Q&A and Discussion

4:55 pm – 5:15 pm – 20 MIN BREAK

Session Five – Chair Dr Patrick Harrison

5:15 pm – 5:40 pmKeynote SpeakerProfessor Francesco Emma MD – Head, Division of Nephrology and Dialysis, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Rome, Italy

Title of Presentation: To be confirmed

5:40 pm – 6:10 pm – Short Research Communications

6:10 pm – 6:25 pm – Q&A and Discussion

6:25 pm – 6:30 pm – 5 MIN COMFORT BREAK

Session Six – Chair Dr Patrick Harrison

6:30 pm – 6:50 pm – General Workshop Discussion

6:50 pm – 7:05 pm – Wrap up, and Award of the Professor Roz Anderson Memorial Prize for Best Short Research Communication