March 3, 2003

Top National Researchers Scheduled
For Molecular Medicine Symposium

Several world leaders in medical research will be among the presenters at the 3rd Annual Days of Molecular Medicine symposium March 13-15, sponsored by The Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, and the journal Nature Medicine.

With a theme of "Immunotherapy: A Technology Platform for Molecular Medicine," the program will be held at the Salk Institute's La Jolla, California campus. The keynote address, "The Standard and Contrasting Roles of 1h-2 and 1h15: Implications for Immunotherapy," will be presented by Thomas A. Waldmann, M.D., Ph.D., National Cancer Institute.

Days of Molecular Medicine founder, Kenneth Chien, M.D., Ph.D., director of UCSD's Institute of Molecular Medicine, notes that " new advances in the development of humanized antibodies, vaccine technology, and activation of specific cells of the immune system are leading a new wave of targeted therapy for diverse human diseases, including cancer, infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases, and heart disease. This meeting focuses on how the immune system can be harnessed to treat a broad range of medical disorders that are beyond the diseases of the immune system."

In addition to Chien, symposium co-organizers are Christopher Glass, M.D., Ph.D., UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Inder Verma, Ph.D, Laboratory of Genetics, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; and Beatrice Renault, Ph.D., editor, Nature Medicine.

Among the internationally known researchers in a special forum titled "Building the Translational Highway: Towards New Partnerships between Academia and the Private Sector" are the following individuals:

One of the highlights of each year's Days of Molecular Medicine is the awards presentation. This year's honorees are:

A list of scientific sessions is below. For more information on Days of Molecular Medicine, see http://imm.ucsd.edu/dmm/.

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Scientific sessions and presenters at Days of Molecular Medicine will be: