The Annual XDP Workshop convenes scientists and clinicians from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and brainstorm the best avenues for future XDP research.

XDP Workshop photoFrom left to right: Dr. Cid Diesta, Dr. Anthony Piano, Dr. Reynaldo Garcia, Dr. Mark Ang, Dr. Raymond Rosales, Dr. Roland Dominic Jamora, Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine, Dr. Patrick Acuna, Dr. Edwin Munoz, Dr. Eva Cutiongco-de la Paz, Dr. Jan Kristopher de Guzman, Dr. Rosalia Teleg, Dr. Paul Pasco, Dr. Arlene Ng.

Led by Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, the Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia workshop has a unique format with no formal presentations. Rather, participants gather around a table and engage in spirited discussions of a variety of topics ranging from genomics to clinical care.

Collaboration is the key to the Center’s success. CCXDP funds research at over twenty institutions across the world. The annual workshop is an opportunity for our investigators to meet in person to strengthen existing collaborations and establish new ones.

As XDP research expands into new areas of investigation, we expand as well, inviting additional experts to offer insights and ideas. In 2018, over sixty-five consortium members gathered in Boston for our 5th annual meeting.

The group discussed advances in XDP research including exciting results from combined genomics and transcriptomics studies and a new XDP brain bank to for crucial neuropathology studies. Participants discussed modeling XDP in vivo and in vitro and described new biomarker discovery initiatives.