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By John Lisack Jr.

John Lisack-finalGreetings, fellow AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition attendees, and welcome to San Diego!

From November 2 to November 6, the San Diego Convention Center will host over 7,000 scientists from industry, government, and academia. This meeting is the world’s largest gathering of pharmaceutical scientists, as they join together to discuss novel research, connect with current and future colleagues, take advantage of the nearly 245 programming sessions, and meet with over 470 exhibiting companies.

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition will open with keynote speaker Daniel Kraft, M.D. discussing innovations in medicines and how they translate to the patient. Kraft, a physician-scientist, inventor, and innovator, will provide a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests, and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

This year’s program also features presentations by a wide range of skilled plenary speakers. This session, moderated by Joe Polli, Ph.D., will explore the use of innovative technology and scientific research and its impact on future patient care.

  • Anthony Atala, M.D., a practicing surgeon and researcher in the area of regenerative medicine, will speak on the future of stem cell and transplantation technology, and how this area revolutionizes medicine and change the lives of patients, as well as organ imprinting. Atala will also give his perspective on the challenges patients face today and in the future with rapidly developing technologies.
  • Steve Woodle, M.D., FACS, will explore the daisy chain strategy, patient care, and how these transplant chains are handled—for both the donor and recipient. Woodle is widely regarded as a leader in the transplant community and has provided over 4,000 consults to the international transplant community without charge though the Israel Penn International Transplant Tumor Registry over the past 14 years.
  • Maria and John Polli will share their personal story, with a large kidney transplant daisy chain, The Transplantation Journey of Maria and John Polli. In October 2009, after about 15 months of coordination, planning and testing (and retesting), Maria successfully received and John successfully donated a kidney from/to total strangers from across the United States via the National Kidney Registry.

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Enjoy your time at the meeting and in San Diego. I look forward to seeing you all there!

John Lisack, Jr., CAE, is the AAPS Executive Director.