Heme Biosynthesis and the Porphyrias 2020:

Consensus Diagnoses, Variant Disorders, New & Emerging Therapies

October 11-13, 2020
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Near Chicago O'Hare Airport


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It’s our pleasure to invite you to an important symposium on “Heme Biosynthesis and the Porphyrias 2020: Consensus Diagnoses, Variant Disorders, New & Emerging Therapies”, to be held October 11-13, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg near the Chicago O’Hare Airport. This two-day educational symposium will feature international and national experts who will present on the latest findings on the biology, transport, and regulation of heme biosynthesis; as well as the clinical features, management, and current and emerging treatments for the acute hepatic and erythropoietic porphyrias. The symposium offers up to 20 CME credits.

In addition to the scientific program, there will be two special sessions: A workshop for diagnostic laboratory directors focused on the development of consensus guidelines for biochemical diagnostic testing, monitoring, and results reporting for each of the acute and erythropoietic porphyrias, as well as for genetic testing including the introduction of a validated pathogenic variant database for each porphyria. The goal of this workshop is for diagnostic laboratories to provide improved guidance to physicians, so they order the proper biochemical and genetic diagnostic tests for each porphyria. The second special session will be a patient meeting where physician experts will cover the diagnosis, management, and treatment of the porphyrias and will provide an opportunity for patients to “Ask the Experts”.

We sincerely look forward to your participation in this Symposium.


R. J. Desnick, Ph.D, M.D
Course Director
Principal Investigator, Porphyrias Consortium
Dean for Genetic and Genomic Medicine
Professor and Chair Emeritus
Department of Genetics and Genomic Science


Kristen Wheeden
Executive Director
American Porphyria Foundation

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This Symposium offers up to 20 CME Credits.

Conference registration fee includes all meals.

The hotel rates are attractive at $130/night including tax (single or double) and includes parking and Wi-Fi. This room rate is available for two days prior to and after the symposium, on a first come basis.

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