This year, Cystinosis Ireland was delighted to welcome 22 scientists from New Zealand, USA, England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and of course from Ireland (North and South) to DCW 2018 which was held on April 7, 2018.
The speakers presented new and cutting-edge research into various aspects of cystinosis including: new drug therapy formulations and delivery strategies including the use of contact lenses for more effective ocular cysteamine delivery; understanding the molecular biology and pathophysiology of the cystinosis disease and various genetic strategies aimed at developing a long-term cure as well as discussions around issues of infertility and treatments of the disease that go beyond cystine depletion.
A key objective of this year’s workshop was to highlight important research questions that are relevant to cystinosis patients and their families but that are not well addressed by researchers yet.
The workshop was moderated by Dr James Murray, Trinity College, Dublin and Dr Patrick Harrison, University College, Cork.
2018 is the 15th anniversary of Cystinosis Ireland’s establishment and of its commitment to supporting world-class research into better understanding, treating, and finding a cure for the immensely challenging rare genetic disease that is cystinosis.
Cystinosis Ireland also plays an important role in advocating for and providing support to those living with cystinosis on the island of Ireland.
Cystinosis Ireland continues to seek new research opportunities in our areas of interest that will bring us closer to improving the treatment of cystinosis, enhancing the lives of those living with the disease and taking one step closer to finding a cure. We’ve accomplished a lot in the past fifteen years and we will continue to do so until we find a cure. We value and appreciate everyone who helps us in achieving these goals.
Hosting the 4th Annual Dublin Cystinosis Workshop would not be possible without the very generous support from public donations received by Cystinosis Ireland.
We would also like to acknowledge the additional conference support received from the Health Research Board (HRB) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
I would also like to thank the members of the Workshop Organising Committee – Dr James Murray, TCD, Dr Achim Treumann, Newcastle University and Ms Anne Marie O’Dowd, with the able assistance of Ms Sue Maguire, Ms Denise Dunne and Dr Ruth Davis, for all their hard work in organising this event.
With this compilation of abstracts from the keynote speakers at our 4th Annual Dublin Cystinosis Workshop, 6/7 April 2018, we hope to bring you a flavour of the world class cystinosis research that is ongoing in laboratories across the world. All of the research presented at our workshop aims to advance our understanding of cystinosis and to improve treatments and ultimately find a permanent cure, thereby improving the lives of those living with cystinosis and their families in Ireland and world-wide.