International LAM Research Conference

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The 2022 International LAM Research Conference & LAMposium is The LAM Foundation’s marquee event, which includes a state-of-the-art scientific meeting and a dedicated patient and family conference. This year’s event in Chicago will continue the highly successful format of blending patient and family participation with leading-edge discussions about basic and translational advances in LAM research. The 2022 International LAM Research Conference & LAMposium is the first gathering of the LAM community since 2018. We look forward to welcoming attendees from around the world to this important conference that celebrates the research innovation, courage, and resilience of the LAM community as we strive to find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for LAM.


Scientific presentations and panel discussions led by international content experts will provide a forum to discuss the molecular and cellular basis of LAM, present leading-edge research, integrate concepts, identify creative and innovative research directions, recruit promising junior investigators, and pave the way for future advancements and discoveries in LAM.

This year’s conference is being co-chaired by Elizabeth Henske, MD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Stephen Hammes, MD, PhD, from the University of Rochester Medical Center. The abstract and poster session will be chaired by Vera Krymskaya, PhD, MBA, from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The conference will be dynamic with ample time for Q&A, discussion, and networking opportunities.

The scientific sessions will cover broad facets of LAM science including recent exciting advances in single-cell RNA sequencing, estrogen signaling, lymphatic biology, and other metabolic processes relevant to LAM. In addition, future direction related to hormonal involvement and improving clinical trial designs to accelerate translation in LAM will be explored in panel-based discussions.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include:

Francesco DeMayo, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Yan Tang, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Srihari Veeraraghavan, MD 
Emory School of Medicine

Michael Borchers, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Stephen Hammes, MD, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center

Yan Xu, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Carol Lange, PhD
University of Minnesota Medical School 

Souheil El-Chemaly, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Michael Dellinger, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

David Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Simon Johnson, DM
University of Nottingham 

Vera Krymskaya, PhD, MBA
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Debabrata Chakravarti, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, MD
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Brendan Manning, PhD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jane Yu, PhD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Hasina Outtz Reed, MD, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Carmen Priolo, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Rhonda Szczesniak, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 

William Stanford, PhD
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 

Issam Ben-Sahra, PhD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Erik Nelson, PhD
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Conference Highlights

LAMposium Patient and Family Educational Conferenceplus

LAMposium Patient and Family Educational Conference
Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10

The two fully programmed days feature educational sessions that cover a broad range of interests for patients and families affected by LAM.

Wine & Cheese Poster Receptionplus

Wine & Cheese Poster Reception
Friday, September 9

This lively social reception caps the first full day of the conference and highlights current LAM research projects, providing a platform for early career researchers to present their work and mingle with fellow professional attendees and patients alike.

Early Career Researchers Happy Hourplus

Early Career Researchers Happy Hour
Friday, September 9

Early Career Researchers will gather for this casual, hosted happy hour, with a goal to promote scientific exchange, get to know fellow colleagues and peers, and foster collaboration among the next generation of LAM scientists.

LAM Clinic Director Congress plus

LAM Clinic Director Congress
Friday, September 9

This third meeting of The LAM Clinic Director Congress is chaired by Srihari Veeraraghaven, MD from Emory University Medical Center and will convene to discuss challenging cases, clinical practice guidelines, and to set priorities for continued improvement and innovation of the LAM Clinic Network.

Breath of Hope Gala plus

Breath of Hope Gala
Saturday, September 10

The Breath of Hope Gala is the LAM Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, and is attended by individuals with LAM, their families and friends, along with the scientific and medical LAM community from around the globe. This black tie-optional event is a highlight of the conference and complementary to all attendees.

Call for Abstractsplus

Call for Abstracts
Friday, September 9

The 2022 LAM Research Conference Organizing Committee invites all researchers to submit abstracts for the conference. Abstracts will be reviewed to evaluate significance, innovation, and impact, and potentially selected for one or more of the following:

  • Platform Presentation: All early career researchers will have an opportunity to be chosen for a platform presentation. Platform presenters will receive The Francis G. Byrnes Travel Award. This $1,200 award is intended to cover costs related to travel and registration for the conference.
  • One-Minute Abstracts: Six to eight researchers will be asked to present a one-minute summary of their research during the well-attended Wine and Cheese Evening Reception on Friday, September 9, 2022. 
  • Poster Award: The Poster Chair and selected designees will vote on the most meritorious in basic science, clinical, and translational fields. The winners will receive a $200 prize to be awarded during the conference.
  • Poster Presentation: Posters will be on display throughout the conference.

Abstract Submissions Now Closed!

A Note on Health and Safety

Please visit our COVID-19 page for further details and answers to the frequently asked questions pertaining to COVID-19 safety and precautions for the conference.