Scientific Symposium

The 2021 FA Symposium Website is now LIVE!

This event website is your one-stop-shop for all things symposium related.

Visit the symposium website to…

  • Register for the meeting
  • Download the symposium agendas (NOW AVAILABLE!)
  • Learn more about the new meeting format and how to participate on the event dates

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 in Fanconi Anemia: Placing and Replacing FA Genes | Thursday, July 8, 2021

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

Understanding and Treating Hematopoietic Failure and Malignant Predisposition in FA | Thursday, July 15, 2021

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

When Watson and Crick Get Linked: Origins and Repair of DNA ICLs | Thursday, July 22, 2021

Meeting Chair: Agata Smogorzewska, MD, PhD

Fanconi Anemia and Solid Tumors: Paths Towards Prevention and Cure | Thursday, July 29, 2021

Meeting Co-Chairs: Susanne 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. Topics: 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 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.
  4. Awards:All four symposium meetings (gene therapy, bone marrow failure, DNA repair and cancer) will award a $500 USD prize for the ‘Best New Investigator Abstract’. The symposium chair committe will determine award winners. Recipients will be personally notified in mid-June and will be announced to the public by their meeting chair on their event date. FARF will issue awards in the form of a check (Note: International awardees may have the option to receive funds via bank transfer). FARF will reach out to awardees following the symposium series end date to initiate the funding process.