Meet the Speakers

Andrea Dardis

University Hospital "Santa Maria della Misericordia" Udine, Italy

Position: Head of the laboratory Institution: University Hospital of Udine Dr. Andrea Dardis obtained a MS degree in Biochemistry and… READ MORE
Ari Zimran, Conference Chair

The Gaucher Unit, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Professor Ari Zimran is Former Director of the Gaucher Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. This is… READ MORE
Arndt Rolfs

CEO and Founder, Centogene, Germany

Arndt Rolfs, MD, Professor for Neurology and Psychiatry, is appointed CEO and founder of Centogene AG, and Director of the… READ MORE
Atul Mehta

Emeritus Professor of Haematology, University College London, UK

Atul trained in Medicine at Cambridge University and Kings College London; did postgraduate training at Imperial London (Hammersmith Hospital) and… READ MORE
Birgitte Volck


Birgitte is a senior executive and industry R&D leader who brings outstanding experience in rare disease research and development and… READ MORE
Christina Lampe

University of Giessen, Center for Rare Diseases, Germany

Christina Lampe is Director of the Centre for Rare Diseases of the Department of Child Neurology, Epileptology and Social medicine,… READ MORE
Eriene Wasef

Prevail Therapeutics, USA

Eriene is a pharmacist with over 16 years of diverse clinicalresearch experience, predominantly within neurological and psychiatric disorders, including pediatric rare diseases. She joined Prevail Therapeutics in 2019 as… READ MORE
Fernanda Torquati

Italian Gaucher Association, Italy

Fernanda Torquati was born in El Paso, Texas (USA) on November 1, 1950. Her family moved to Italy in September… READ MORE
Gheona Altarescu

Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Israel

Gheona Altarescu obtained her magna cum laude diploma in Medicine at the Jassy University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania. She… READ MORE
Ida Schwartz

Hospital de clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil

Prof. Ida Vanessa Doederlein Schwartz, MD, PhD Dep. Genetics, UFRGS and Med Genet Serv, HCPA, Porto Alegre, Brazil Graduated in… READ MORE
Janet R. Sparrow

Columbia University, USA

Research in the laboratory of Professor Janet Sparrow is directed toward understanding the composition of the visual cycle adducts (bisretinoids)… READ MORE
Jeff Szer

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia

Jeff Szer was the foundation Professor/Director of the Department of Clinical Haematology at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He leads the non-malignant… READ MORE
Manisha Balwani

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Dr. Manisha Balwani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Medicine at the Icahn… READ MORE
Maria Fuller

South Australian Pathology, Australia

A/Professor Maria Fuller BAppSc, MAppSc, PhD, FFSc(RCPA) Genetics and Molecular Pathology, SA Pathology, Adelaide, South Australia   Maria Fuller is… READ MORE
Meenakshi Bhat

Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore, India

MD (Paed), DCH, DNB (Paed), MRCP (Ire), CCST-Clinical Genetics (RCP, UK) Senior Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Professor & Mazumdar-Shaw Research… READ MORE
Mia Horowitz

Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Horowitz graduated from the Weizmann Institute. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, Massachusetts, USA, she joined the Weizmann Institute.… READ MORE
Paolo Barbanti

Pharma & Biotech Advisors, Italy

Paolo Barbanti began his career in biotechnology as a researcher focusing on experimental cancer therapies and completed his postgraduate studies… READ MORE
Paula Rozenfeld

National University of La Plata, Argentina

Dr Rozenfeld holds a doctoral degree in Biochemist and a PhD degree in the field of immunology, both from the… READ MORE
Priya S. Kishnani

Duke University Medical Center, USA

Priya S. Kishnani, MD C.L. and Su Chen Professor of Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics Duke University… READ MORE
Raphael Schiffmann

Baylor Scott & White Health, USA

Raphael Schiffmann, M.D., M.H.Sc. was the Director of the Institute of Metabolic Disease and is Clinical Professor at the Texas… READ MORE
Shoshana Revel-Vilk

Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Israel

Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Affiliation: Gaucher Unit, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, affiliated with Hebrew University Medical… READ MORE
Tanya Collin-Histed

International Gaucher Alliance (IGA), UK

Tanya Collin-Histed became involved in the Gaucher world in 1996 when her daughter Maddie was diagnosed with Type 3 Gaucher… READ MORE
Uma Ramaswami

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Uma Ramaswami is a Consultant in Inherited Metabolic Disorders based at the Lysosomal Disorders Unit (LSDU) at the Royal Free… READ MORE