During the past four days (24-27th July) we (Beatrice, Stephanie and Loreto) had the privilege to attend the ISHR-ES (International Society for Heart Research European Section) held in Hamburg. There were so many interesting parallel talks, with some presentations which we found were star protagonists of such a conference.
One such talk was given by keynote lecturer Prof. Ales Linhart on Fabry disease – from gene mutations to therapy. It was thought-provoking to hear the real-life progression of a complex disease that is Fabry. It starts with the challenge of a correct diagnosis, followed by the disease treatment options mainly enzyme replacement therapy and ending with latest therapies which are under investigation, such as plant based production of enzymes which were found to have a longer half-life, were cheaper and seem to be more stable compared to other enzyme sources; the novel approach of using chaperone therapy; and at the latest trial of gene therapy in a Canadian patient (cool!).
Besides the talks we had the opportunity to discuss science with a lot of interesting people, getting new ideas for our own research projects and during the networking evening we enjoyed the sun during a boat trip through Hamburg harbor. We really enjoyed the 4 days at Hamburg!
LMV, ST, BS