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Rare Diseases and Rare Cancers in the Era of Systems Biology Symposium

Save the Date for our 2nd Annual Symposium Thursday November 14, 2024 | Milwaukee, WI

The Mellowes Center 2nd annual symposium, "Rare Diseases and Rare Cancers in the Era of Systems Biology," will be held in 2024 as a single-day hybrid event featuring seminars and panel discussions from expert researchers and clinicians in three new focus areas: Phenotyping Chromatinopathies and Mechanisms of Disease, Advances in Functional Genomics, and Pharmacogenomics Frontiers and Epigenetic Therapeutics. Bringing speakers with innovative and novel research projects to our event will continue to expand the understanding of what is feasible and applicable to disease focused research. 

Invited speakers, from regional to international, focused on the current and desired future state of rare disease research and advocated for greater understanding and therapeutic interventions for rare diseases and rare cancers.

We are eager to welcome all participants to our 2nd annual symposium, where we hope to engage in new insightful discussions and collaborations.


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Dr. Pablo Lapunzina

Keynote Speaker | Dr. Pablo Lapunzina

Director of CIBERER (Centro de Investigación Biomédica En Red Enfermedades Raras)

Highlighting the immense potential for new methods combined with data mining genomic knowledge to link biological alteration(s) to rare disease, leading to development of new treatments and new diagnostic procedures for these conditions. 

Five Key Focus Areas

Wednesday, October 11

Panel Session 1: Precision Medicine for Rare Diseases and Rare Cancers

Panel Session 2: Mitochondrial System Dysfunctions

Thursday, October 12

Panel Session 2 (Continued): Mitochondrial System Dysfunctions

Panel Session 3: Innovative Technology

Panel Session 4: Immune System Dysfunctions

Panel Session 5: System Biology

Michael Lovell, PhD

Rare Storytellers Meets Milwaukee | Featuring Michael R. Lovell, PhD

Dr. Michael R. Lovell, president of Marquette University, will share his personal story of diagnosis with a rare form of sarcoma that affects less than 2,000 people each year.

The Mellowes Center is a proud partner of Harmony 4 Hope, a nonprofit synthesizing stories, songs, and science to educate, empower, and fuel Rare Disease research.

Symposium Sponsors

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Event Location

Medical College of Wisconsin
Bolger Auditorium, Health Research Center
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

All sessions are hybrid.

Contact us with any questions
(414) 955-4887
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