On Day 1, scientific sessions focus on advancing stem cell and gene therapies, with the goal of maximizing cross talk among investigators in studying models of inflammation and infection, stem cells, tissue engineering, and regeneration in diverse systems with translational scientists, clinical researchers, and physician-scientists. Patients are welcome to attend but should note that these talks will be highly technical.

On Day 2, the morning session will cover current clinical issues, including prevalence and assessment. The afternoon is devoted to patient engagement, beginning with patient stories. Additional presentations will focus on patient education and resources. The day will conclude with a non-technical summary of the scientific talks ‘translated’ for the patient audience.

Day 1 – November 14
8:00 – 8:30 Welcoming Remarks
8:30 – 12:10 Stem Cell Therapies (Moderator: Danielle Reed, Ph.D., Monell Chemical Senses Center)

8:30 – 9:00 Sarah Millar, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) – Epithelial stem cells and regeneration
9:00 – 9:30 Alan Cheng, M.D. (Stanford University) – Auditory hair cells and regeneration
9:30 – 10:00 Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) – Retinal stem cells and regeneration

10:00 – 10:20 Coffee Break

10:20 – 10:40 Linda Barlow, Ph.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) – Taste bud development and regeneration
10:40 – 11:00 Peihua Jiang, Ph.D. (Monell Chemical Senses Center) – Stem cells in the taste bud
11:00 – 11:20 James Schwob, M.D., Ph.D. (Tufts University) – Olfactory stem cells in rodent models
11:20 – 11:40 Bradley Goldstein, M.D. (University of Miami) – Olfactory stem cells in the clinic
11:40 – 12:10 Panel discussion

 

12:10 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:50 Gene Therapies (Moderator: Linda Barlow, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine)

1:30 – 2:00 Dennis Roop, Ph.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) – Gene and stem cell therapies in skin
2:00 – 2:30 Jeffrey Holt, Ph.D. (Harvard University) – Gene therapy in cochlea
2:30 – 3:00 Shannon Boye, Ph.D. (University of Florida) – Gene therapy in retina
3:00 – 3:20 Jeffrey Martens, Ph.D. (University of Florida) – Gene therapy in congenital anosmia
3:20 – 3:50 Panel discussion

3:50 – 4:10 Coffee Break

4:10 – 5:10 Student/Postdoc talks

6:30 – 9:00 Speakers/Organizers Dinner

 

Day 2 – November 15
8:30 – 12:10 Clinical Research (Moderator: Joel Mainland, Ph.D., Monell Chemical Senses Center)

8:30 – 9:00 Donald Leopold, M.D. (University of Vermont) – Smell disorders
9:00 – 9:30 Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D. (University of Florida) – Taste disorders
9:30 – 10:00 Richard Doty, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania) – Clinical assessment of chemosensory disorders in the U.S.
10:00 – 10:20 Coffee Break
10:20 – 10:50 Thomas Hummel, M.D. (Dresden University) – Clinical assessment of chemosensory disorders in Germany
10:50 – 11:20 Jay Pinto, M.D. (University of Chicago)– Epidemiological studies of chemosensory
disorders
11:40 – 12:10 Panel discussion

12:10 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 5:00 Patient Engagement (Moderator: Steven Munger, Ph.D., University of Florida)

1:30 – 2:00 Five-minute patient talks – patients tell their story
2:00 – 2:30 Chris Kelly (smelltraining.co.uk) – Building shared resources: Web resources for
chemosensory loss
2:30 – 3:00 TBD (anosmia advocate) – Raising anosmia awareness – what have we learned?
3:00 – 3:20 Edward Pribitkin, M.D., M.B.A (Thomas Jefferson University) – Navigating the U.S.
health system
3:20 –3:50 Danielle Reed, Ph.D. (Monell Chemical Senses Center) – Summary of previous sessions for patients

 

3:50 – 5:00 Social Hour and white paper wrap-up

 

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