On February 20, 2009, a Symposium was held at Columbia University entitled "Genetics, Stem Cell Biology and Stem Cell Transplantation in Epidermolysis Bullosa".
The purpose of the meeting was to bring together experts from around the world to discuss the clinical challenges of EB, and to present their latest work on therapies for EB, in particular, protein and cell-based therapies using fibroblasts and bone marrow derived cells. There were a lot of new ideas exchanged and an excellent stimulating duscussion followed each lecture. Below is a brief overview of the topics covered.
By Angela Christiano, PhD, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Richard & Mildred Rhodebeck Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Genetics & Development, Director of Basic Science Research, Department of Dermatology