What is ITTSD? Invited scientific talks. Student short talks. Patient stories. Educational talks.

All on treatments for taste & smell disorders.

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) – Wnt signaling in taste papilla development, stem cells, and regeneration
9:00 – 9:30 Alan Cheng, M.D. (Stanford University) – Regeneration of sensory hair cells in the inner ear balance organs
9:30 – 10:00 Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) – 3D retinal organoids: new frontiers for regenerative therapies in the eye

10:00 – 10:20 Coffee Break

10:20 – 10:40 Linda Barlow, Ph.D. (University of Colorado School of Medicine) – Taste cell renewal and cancer therapies
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) – A potential strategy for fixing a broken nose
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 on your own

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) – Developing induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-based therapies for inherited skin diseases
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 therapies for GUYC2D-associated retinal disease
3:00 – 3:20 Jeffrey Martens, Ph.D. (University of Florida) – Gene therapeutic rescue of congenital olfactory dysfunction
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 on your own

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

1:30 – 2:00 Casey Trimmer, Ph.D. (Firmenich) – Summary of Day 1 for patients
2:00 – 2:30 Chris Kelly (smelltraining.co.uk) – Building shared resources: Web resources for
chemosensory loss
2:30 – 3:30 Five-minute patient talks – Patients tell their story
3:00 – 3:50 Edmund Pribitkin, M.D., M.B.A (Thomas Jefferson University) – Navigating the U.S.
health system

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

6:00 – 9:00 Post-Conference Dinner (you must purchase an additional ticket to attend)