Record Numbers Register for Scientific Workshop

The 6th Annual Angioma Alliance Pathobiology of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations Scientific Workshop, scheduled for October 31st through November 2nd, is shaping up to be our most successful research event ever.

As of October 23rd, we are expecting:

  • 58 registered attendees representing
  • 27 different institutions from
  • 9 different countries

The Angioma Alliance Scientific Workshop is the only scientific meeting in the world completely dedicated to cavernous angioma research.  Our scientists come from many disciplines and most would not cross paths at other professional meetings.

Our workshop differs from many of the traditional scientific meetings in several key ways. First, we encourage junior investigators to present on behalf of their labs. Second, we ask presenters to share work that has not yet been published. Each year, there have been moments when, looking around the room, I’ve seen seasoned primary investigators silently mouthing the word “Wow!” as they listen to cutting edge findings. The excitement in the room is palpable and the discussions are often passionate.

Finally, we keep our scientists together for hosted meals as a way to build relationships between people who might not otherwise know each other. Collaboration is at the heart of scientific progress; our cross-disciplinary scientific group has the capacity to bring complementary assets and perspectives to bear as it unravels the complexities of this illness. But, collaboration requires a certain level of familiarity and trust as well as the simple conversations that lead to discovering mutual needs and offerings. Our meeting is the container that allows these relationships to form.

This year’s meeting is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institute of Health. It is also supported by the generous donations of our individual members. As the meeting grows in size, so do the associated expenses. The scientific workshop holds the promise of the effective pharmacological treatment we are all hoping will come sooner rather than later. Please consider making a special donation to Angioma Alliance to help us keep this meeting thriving. Visit www.angioma.org/donate to make your tax deductible contribution. Without you, there can be no cure.

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