3’rd International suPAR Symposium
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to “The 3rd International suPAR symposium” taking place at the end of February 2012 at the Danish National Museum in the centre of Copenhagen.
suPAR is the acronym for the protein soluble urokinase Plasminogen Activator Receptor.
Almost 100 researchers met in Copenhagen in March 2011 for the 2nd International suPAR symposium. There were more than 25 presentations at the symposium during two sunny days, and many of these were video-recorded and can be viewed at www.biologictube.dk.
We hope to see many of you again, and also welcome new participants.
2011 has been an exciting year for suPAR and inflammation research, with more than 20 peer reviewed papers published on the prognostic value of suPAR. All these publications used the suPARnostic® assay, allowing for comparison of suPAR values across different disease areas. Furthermore, all published papers seem to come to the same conclusion: Elevated suPAR levels are associated with a negative outcome irrespectively of disease investigated.
Most of the publications in 2011 have confirmed suPAR’s relevance as a prognostic marker in sepsis, but we are also seeing more and more evidence of the value of suPAR in life style related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes 2 etc.
2011 also became the year when suPAR was first reported to be the cause of disease. Dr Wei and colleagues (Miami, USA) found that suPAR can activate the podocyte Beta3 integrin, leading to the kidney disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (Wei et al, Nat. Med. 2011).
Data suggest that suPAR is a stable marker of inflammation and immune activation, and that an elevated suPAR or elevated state of inflammation is a disease driving mechanism. We look forward to discuss this and other topics at the 3rd International suPAR symposium.
Jesper Eugen-Olsen, PhD, Conference Chairman
Clinical Research Centre
Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen
Purpose and Scope
The suPAR (soluble urokinase Plasminogen Activator Receptor) protein is a relatively new biomarker which has the ability to predict severity of illness and mortality. The prognostic value of suPAR has been described in published studies in recent years and is currently being tested in several health care applications.
The symposium aim is to bring together researchers, users and other persons to discuss the features and potential usability of the suPAR protein as a biomarker and will:
The 1½ day symposium will include invited and contributed speakers divided into 5 themed sessions.
Invited speakers will be given approx 25 minutes including questions and answers; - contributed speakers will have approx 15 minutes for their talks including questions and answers.
Invitation to submit abstract
Researchers in the field of basic science in suPAR and other relevant biomarkers, clinical science or management using suPAR are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. All oral presentations are requested to be presented as poster presentation as well. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. For more see Abstracts
Date and Venue
27'th & 28'th February, 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark
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The 3’rd International suPAR Symposium will be held in central Copenhagen, Denmark at the National Museum, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, 1220 Copenhagen K, Tel no. +45 3313 4411, www.natmus.dk
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Registration and payment
Cancellation: A 25% cancellation fee will be charged on any cancellation received before January 31, 2012.