The Fourth BHD Symposium, 28th-30th March 2012

We are delighted to announce further details for the Fourth BHD Symposium, which will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA on 28th-30th March 2012. The meeting will take place in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

The symposium aims to be the best BHD meeting to date, with stimulating scientific discussion between experts from around the world. There will be a mixture of talks and posters, as well as time to exchange ideas and discuss collaborations with other members of the BHD community. A social dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday 29th March. Highlights from last year’s meeting can be read here.

Invited speakers will include Dr W. Marston Linehan of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Professor George Thomas of the University of Cincinnati,  Professor Kuniaki Seyama of Juntendo University, Professor Arnim Pause of McGill University and Professor Dr Maurice van Steensel of the University Hospital Maastricht. Talks will focus on all aspects of BHD syndrome, including the skin, lungs and kidneys, as well as both clinical and basic science. To find out more about these speakers, see our video interviews with Dr Linehan, Professor Pause and Professor Dr van Steensel.

Abstract submission is now open and the deadline for abstracts is 15th February 2012. Abstracts may be submitted for both basic and clinical science presentations and researchers working on related conditions are also encouraged to submit an abstract. Abstracts can be submitted here and more details, including instructions for abstract submission, can be found here.

As with previous symposia, there will also be sessions for patients and family members. These will be led by a genetic counsellor who is an expert in BHD syndrome. Previous patient sessions have been very informative, allowing patients to learn more about BHD, meet other people affected by the syndrome, as well as talk to experts about their symptoms. Read a review of last year’s patient session here.

Registration and hotel information will be available soon so please check back. We will also update the webpage as more information on the programme is released. Don’t forget to get your abstracts in before 15th February! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Fourth BHD Symposium in March.

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