Summer is conference high season, and June was no exception. PLabbers fanned out across the country (and San Francisco) for three events, including two patient-advocacy-group-led research meetings. The first conference was the 22nd annual Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation for Niemann-Pick C. In years previous it was hosted at Notre Dame, but this year the meeting returned to its roots in Tucson. Half of the attendees were first-timers, a welcome infusion of new ideas and research avenues.

Below are highlights:

While I was Arizona, Nina went up the street to downtown SF to attend BIO 2016. BIO and JPM are the two largest annual BioPharma confabs, separated by six months. We were invited by a mitochondrial disease advocate to speak about the PLab platform at the rare disease track.

PLab’s 7th full-time team member, Feba Sam, officially joined in mid-June. We’re very excited to have her onboard! Feba will be working closely with Nina.

Tom flew to Atlanta to attend the Mucolipidosis Type 4 meeting, which was organized by the ML4 Foundation‘s inspiring CSO Rebecca Oberman. Like NPC, ML4 is devastating lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in an ancient gene. Here are Tom’s dispatches from the conference:

See you next month!

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