2nd International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) Conference 2014 Shenzhen

  • Conference Call
  • The sec­ond con­fer­ence orga­nized by the Inter­na­tional Rare Dis­eases Research Con­sor­tium (IRDiRC) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the BGI is gath­er­ing stake­hold­ers active in the field of rare dis­ease from across the globe. It will be held on 7 – 9 Novem­ber 2014, in Shen­zhen, China with two days of con­fer­ence — where four excit­ing par­al­lel tracks will take place in the top­ics of Diag­nos­tics, Interdisciplinary-​Technologies, Ther­a­pies, and Edu­ca­tional — and one day of valu­able train­ing course.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    This con­fer­ence aims to raise aware­ness of the topic of rare dis­eases around the world and to fos­ter inter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions involv­ing Chi­nese researchers and clin­i­cians. It will pro­vide unmiss­able oppor­tu­nity to net­work with dif­fer­ent rare dis­ease com­mu­ni­ties from Europe, North and South Amer­ica, Africa, and Asia-​Pacific. We hope this will encour­age and moti­vate invest­ment of research and social resources in the field of rare dis­eases, to ulti­mately improve the diag­no­sis, treat­ment, and care of patients and their families.

    Key Features

    • Access to big data and sam­ples plat­forms, cur­rent dis­cov­er­ies, and advanced technologies
    • Face-​to-​face meet­ing: bridg­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with the inter­na­tional community
    • Ideas, knowl­edge, com­pe­tences, and propo­si­tions shar­ing for new inspi­ra­tions and investments
    • Train­ing, learn­ing, and net­work­ing as fun­da­men­tal sources for new therapies
    • Unique activ­i­ties includ­ing NGO forum, com­mem­o­ra­tive tree plant­ing, pho­tos exhi­bi­tion, choral per­for­mance by patients


    • For inter­na­tional researchers: access to find addi­tional sam­ple and data resources, includ­ing Chi­nese sam­ple alliance, net­work of hos­pi­tals and clin­ics, local part­ners of genomic sequenc­ing ser­vices and bioin­for­mat­ics analyses
    • For Chi­nese sam­ple alliance and hos­pi­tals: oppor­tu­ni­ties to fos­ter rela­tion­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions with inter­na­tional key play­ers and research experts in the field of rare diseases
    • For phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies: oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn more about cutting-​edge researches and stud­ies on rare dis­eases, lead­ing to new ideas for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal R&D, net­work­ing with med­ical doc­tors and clinicians
    • For med­ical doc­tors and clin­i­cians: train­ing from top inter­na­tional and Chi­nese experts about genet­ics and rare dis­eases (8 cred­its offered by Chi­nese Health­care Orga­ni­za­tion), net­work­ing with inter­na­tional and Chi­nese key play­ers and experts, expan­sion of career path
    • For non-​governmental orga­ni­za­tions: shar­ing and acqui­si­tion of inter­na­tional knowl­edge about rare dis­eases, includ­ing new phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, ther­apy, and prevention

    Con­fer­ence Speakers

    • Karen Aiach – Found­ing Pres­i­dent /​CEO, Lysogene
    • Ségolèné Aymé – Coor­di­na­tor /​Emer­i­tus Direc­tor of Research, IRDiRC
    • Michael Bamshad – Pro­fes­sor, Seat­tle Children’s Hos­pi­tal, Uni­ver­sity of Washington
    • Matthew Bell­gard – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Cen­tre for Com­par­a­tive Genomics, Mur­doch University
    • Kym Boy­cott – Neu­ro­ge­neti­cist /​Inves­ti­ga­tor, Children’s Hos­pi­tal East­ern Ontario
    • Michael Brudno – Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor /​Canada Research Chair in Com­pu­ta­tional Biol­ogy, Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Uni­ver­sity of Toronto
    • Han Brun­ner – Pro­fes­sor, Nijmegen Uni­ver­sity Hospital
    • Seng Cheng – Vice Pres­i­dent, Genetic Dis­eases Sci­ence, Genzyme
    • Radoje Drmanac – Chief Sci­en­tific Offi­cer /​Co-​Founder, Com­plete Genomics
    • Chris­tine Eng – Pro­fes­sor, Bay­lor Col­lege of Medicine
    • Helen Firth – Con­sul­tant Clin­i­cal Geneti­cist, Hos­pi­tals Trust, Cam­bridge University
    • Chris­t­ian Gilis­sen – Bioin­for­mati­cian, Rad­boud Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­tre, Nijmegen Uni­ver­sity Hospital
    • Jack Gold­blatt – Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Genetic Ser­vices & Famil­ial Can­cer Pro­gram of West­ern Australia
    • Stephen Groft – Retired /​For­mer Direc­tor, Office of Rare Dis­eases Research, National Cen­ter for Advanc­ing Trans­la­tional Sci­ences (NCATS)
    • Ning Guang – Pro­fes­sor, Lab­o­ra­tory of Endocrine & Meta­bolic Dis­eases, Shang­hai Insti­tutes for Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences, Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sciences
    • Mar­lene Haffner – Found­ing Pres­i­dent /​CEO, Haffner Asso­ciates, LLC
    • Shangzhi Huang – Pro­fes­sor, Insti­tute of Med­ical Sci­ences Chi­nese Acad­emy of Med­ical Sci­ences, Peking Union Med­ical College
    • Raúl Insa – CEO, SOM Biotech
    • Brian Kas­par – Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor /​Inves­ti­ga­tor, Cen­ter for Child­hood Can­cer, Nation­wide Children’s Research Institute
    • Petra Kauf­mann – Direc­tor, Divi­sion of Clin­i­cal Inno­va­tion, National Cen­ter for Advanc­ing Trans­la­tional Sci­ences (NCATS)
    • Alas­tair Kent – Direc­tor, Genetic Alliance
    • Robert Kuhn – Asso­ciate Direc­tor, UCSC Genome Broswer, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Cruz
    • Nigel Laing – Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Australia
    • Paul Lasko – Chair /​Sci­en­tific Direc­tor, IRDiRC /​Insti­tute of Genet­ics, CIHR
    • Yann Le Cam – CEO, EURORDIS
    • David K Lee – Direc­tor, Office of Leg­isla­tive and Reg­u­la­tory Mod­ern­iza­tion, Health Canada
    • Eliz­a­beth McNeil – Sci­en­tific Pro­gramme Direc­tor, National Insti­tute of Neu­ro­log­i­cal Dis­or­ders and Stroke (NINDS)
    • Brett Monia – Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Isis Pharmaceuticals
    • Ming Qi – Pro­fes­sor /​Chief Sci­en­tist, BGI Health
    • Heidi Rehm – Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Lab­o­ra­tory for Mol­e­c­u­lar Med­i­cine, Part­ners Health­Care Cen­ter for Per­son­al­ized Genetic Medicine
    • Albert Sey­mour – Vice Pres­i­dent /​Head, Dis­cov­ery Research, Shire
    • Sharon Terry – Pres­i­dent /​CEO, Genetic Alliance
    • Qing K Wang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Key Lab­o­ra­tory of Mol­e­c­u­lar Bio­physics, Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion, Huazhong Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence & Technology
    • Jun Wang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, BGI
    • Qiuju Wang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Depart­ment of Otolaryngology/​Head and Neck Surgery, Insti­tute of Oto­laryn­gol­ogy, China PLA Gen­eral Hospital
    • Zhenglin Yang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Cen­ter for Human Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy and Genet­ics, Sichuan Acad­emy of Med­ical Sci­ences & Sichuan Provin­cial People’s Hospital
    • Yong Zhang – Direc­tor, China National Genbank
    • Hong­bing Zhang – Pro­fes­sor, Peking Union Med­ical College
    • Xue Zhang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, PUMCH Lab­o­ra­tory of Clin­i­cal Genet­ics, Chi­nese Acad­emy of Med­ical Sci­ences & Peking Union Med­ical College
    • Xue­jun Zhang – Pro­fes­sor /​Direc­tor, Key Lab of Der­ma­tol­ogy, Min­istry of Education
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