Scientific Symposium

What is the Symposium?

Research is at the heart of what we do. That’s why every year, FARF gathers prominent and aspiring FA researchers and clinicians together to share the latest updates in research and treatment and to form new collaborations. The FARF Scientific Symposium will be hosted virtually in 2021 due to safety concerns related to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 Symposium will be offered as a four-part virtual series throughout the month of July and will focus on four key areas relevant to FA research: gene therapy, bone marrow failure, DNA repair, and cancer. Each topic will be covered in a one-day event and will incorporate live oral talks, panels, and an interactive social reception.

Event Details

Gene Therapy Day | Thursday, July 8, 2021

Meeting Co-Chairs: Paula Rio, PhD, and Juan Bueren, PhD

Bone Marrow Failure Day | Thursday, July 15, 2021

Meeting Co-Chairs: Sharon Cantor, PhD, and Peter Kurre, MD

DNA Repair Day | Thursday, July 22, 2021

Meeting Chair: Agata Smogorzewska, MD, PhD

Cancer Day | Thursday, July 29, 2021

Meeting Co-Chairs: Susa Wells, PhD and Parinda Mehta, MD

Key Dates & Deadlines

April 5 – May 21 Abstract Submission Period

June 4 Abstract Notification to Authors

May 3 – July 29 Registration Period (Free registration)

2021 Abstract Submissions: Important Changes

  1. Authors’ submission(s) will need to fall under one of the four meeting topics (gene therapy, bone marrow failure, DNA repair or cancer) to be considered.
  2. Review Process: Meeting chairs will review submitted abstracts according to their assigned topic. Selected (oral) abstracts will be incorporated into one of the four meeting agendas based on their submission topic. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentation will be selected as a poster.
  3. The 2021 symposium series will not host live a live poster session. Selected poster abstracts will be available for participants to view through a downloadable link. Registered participants will be encouraged to reach out to the presenting (poster) author with questions via email. Contact emails for presenting authors will be listed on each abstract.