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First Annual MGH EV symposium

September 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT


We look forward to welcoming you this Saturday to the First Annual MGH EV symposium.
As a reminder, please register by sending us an email so we make sure we have enough food for everyone.

We will begin at 9AM with a celebratory moment and continue with presentations from leaders in the field of Extracellular Vesicles research.
We will end the day with some more food and drinks, as we well poster presentations, which will be a great opportunity to network and meet people working in your area of interest.


Session 1: Biomarkers and Liquid Biopsy using EVs
Session Chair: Bob Carter, Department of Neurosurgery, MGH

8:00AM-9:00AM: Registration, Breakfast & Poster Setup

9:00AM-9:30AM: Welcome and Remarks
Drs. Leonora Balaj and Bob S. Carter, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

9:30AM-10:00AM: Current State of Clinical Exosome Based Biomarkers
Dr. Johan Skog, Exosome Diagnostics, Waltham, MA

10:00AM-10:30AM: History of EV RNA
Dr. Xandra Breakefield, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


10:30AM-11:00AM: Coffee Break


Session Chair: Pamela Jones, Department of Neurosurgery, MGH

11:00AM-11:30AM: Miniaturized EV Sensing Technologies
Dr. Im Hyungsoon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

11:30AM-12:00PM: Extracellular vesicles and exRNAs in cardiac remodeling: from functional biomarkers to therapeutics
Dr. Saumya Das, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

12:00PM-12:30PM: Using nanosensors to query exosomes within next generation biospecimens
Dr. Cesar Castro, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


12:30PM-1:30PM: Lunch

Session 2: EV biology and potential for therapeutics
Session Chair: Leonora Balaj, Department of Neurosurgery, MGH

1:30PM-2:00PM: Extracellular Vesicles as Future Therapeutics
Dr. Jan Lotvall, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

2:00PM-2:30PM: Extracellular vesicles in glioblastoma. Immune suppression and biomarker potential
Dr. Sean Lawler, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2:30PM-3:00PM: Expanding the repertoire of peripheral coding and non-coding RNA biomarkers for brain tumors
Dr. Zhiung Wei, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

3:00PM-3:10PM: Closing remarks
Drs. Leonora Balaj and Bob Carter

3:10PM-4:30PM: Poster Viewing and Networking Event
Finger food and drinks will be served



September 8, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Leonora Balaj


Massachusetts General Hospital
Simches Research Building, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02114 United States
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