Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The WORLD Symposium™ has become the major educational and unifying activity of the network, and has evolved into a highly interactive research activity. The symposium is in its third year of being co-organized by NIH with funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the NIH Office of Rare Diseases (ORD). The theme “ transitioning from translation to trials ” seeks to elucidate the challenges and successes in bringing bench discoveries into successful clinical therapies. The main emphasis of the meeting remains the same: to assess the mechanisms, and obstacles, for taking bench research into human therapy. This year, the program is assembled almost entirely from submitted research abstracts with only three invited speakers. This allows for a larger and more diverse representation of the work being done in the field. The first day is focused on basic research , the second day on translational research , and the third on clinical research . This day-by-day progression through the three stages of research, is a signature feature of the WORLD Symposium™ and is enthusiastically received based on attendee evaluation.