The 29th Nikolas Symposium
The 29th Nikolas Symposium was held from May 16th until the 19th, 2019 at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso. Its focus was on Immune Strategies in the Histiocytoses and the discussion was twofold. First, the conference centered on the use of the new family of drugs called kinase inhibitors. These are highly effective; however, they do not cure the disease but rather its symptoms. The second aspect of the Symposium focused on new approaches to treatment that might be used together with kinase inhibitors by targeting blood vessels which supply nutrients to the lesions for instance. Kinase inhibitors are an important new weapon for treating Histiocytic Disorders. Detailed proceedings will be available soon.
The Jon Pritchard Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Thomas Michael Burke and Dr. Olive Eckstein. The Symposium ended with a lovely excursion to Sounio on the outskirts of Athens.
29th Nikolas Symposium Program
The 28th Nikolas Symposium
The 28th Nikolas Symposium was held from May 10th until the 13st. It focused on Myeloid Cell Programming and Differentiation and examined the link between myeloid cells that function abnormally in LCH and the mutation of the B-RAF molecule. Proceedings are available here (See detailed proceedings). The Symposium revealed that there are now new technologies to study the effect of the B-RAF mutation on myeloid progenitor cells, which will surely reveal new targets for therapy. The Jon Pritchard Fellowship was awarded to Drs. Karen PhaikHar Lim and Roei D. Mazor.
The Symposium also organized a trip to the Acropolis. Notably, right below the world-renown Parthenon lies the temple of Asclepius, god of medicine, and his daughter Hygiea, the goddess of health.
28th Nikolas Symposium Program
The 27th Nikolas Symposium
The 27th Nikolas Symposium, held in May 18th – 21st, was very prolific and marked a major advancement by focusing not only on unsolved questions around the development of LCH but also on the implementation of a rationale cure. The Symposium’s topic was LCH: The Cell of Origin and a Pathway to a Rationale Cure and the proceedings are available here (See detailed proceedings). The Jon Pritchard Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Paul Milne, Dr. Matthias Papo and Dr. Brandon Hogstad.
Moreover, the Symposium organized a trip to the National Archeological Museum, a landmark museum, home to Greece’s largest collection of ancient artifacts. Notably, the museum is home to the famous Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s oldest found computer.
27th Nikolas Symposium Program
The 26th Nikolas Symposium
During the course of this four-day symposium, participants discussed the Histiocytic disorders and enjoyed Greek hospitality. The Symposium’s topic was Beyond BRAF: Mechanisms of Resistance and Therapeutic Development and the proceedings are available here (See detailed proceedings). The Jon Pritchard Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Rikhia Chakraborty and Dr. Benjamin Durham.
The Symposium organized a trip to the archeological museum of Eleusis located in Eleusina, one of Greece’s most important cities. It is the location of the famous “Eleusinian Mysteries,” where initiations were held every year to honor the goddess Demetra. These celebrated Persephone’s annual return to Earth from the kingdom of Hades. The mysteries pay homage to life, an appropriate metaphor and a wonderful way to close the 26th Nikolas Symposium.