Brigham Gene and Cell Therapy Symposium

Organized By:

Brigham Research Institute


Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center

Start Time:

June 6, 2023 2:00 pm EST

End Time:

June 6, 2023 5:30 pm EST

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The goal of the event is to highlight the breadth of gene and cell therapy expertise at the Brigham and identify opportunities to ensure our institution emerges as a leader in the field.

Participating in this event will give faculty the opportunity to meet their colleagues working in this area, learn more about the MGB Gene & Cell Therapy Institute (GCTI) and how to get involved, and share feedback on community needs that the GCTI can address through various mechanisms, such as the recently announced Spark Grant. We hope to see robust participation from across the Brigham!

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2:00 PM Opening Remarks and Leadership Panel
Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center

Moderated by Kathryn Rexrode, MD, MPH, Director, Brigham Research Institute (BRI)

  • Paul Anderson, MD, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, BWH & MGB
  • Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, MGB
  • Roger Hajjar, MD, Director, MGB GCTI
  • Lindsey Baden, MD, VP of Clinical Research, BWH

3:00 PM Curated Presentations
Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center

Moderated by Nathan Yozwiak, PhD, Head of Research, GCTI

  • Viral Gene Therapy
  • Non-viral Platforms
  • Cell Therapy (Preclinical/Clinical)
  • Translation

5:00 PM Reception
Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center


Viral Gene Therapy

AAV-based gene delivery platform for the central nervous system
Fengfeng Bei, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Strategies to Cure Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Christine Seidman, MD, Professor of Medicine

Nociceptor-specific gene therapy for chronic pain
William Renthal, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology

Non-viral Platforms

Focused ultrasound for delivery of gene therapy vectors across the blood-brain barrier
Nicholas Todd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology

Beyond Conventional Approaches: Engineering Nanodiscs and Nanoshells for Next-Generation Non-viral Gene Delivery
Mahmoud Nasr, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Biomaterials for gene therapy and immunomodulation
Natalie Artzi, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine

Cell Therapy (Preclinical/Clinical)

Engineering skeletal muscle and brown adipose tissue for cell therapy of muscle and metabolic diseases
Olivier Pourquie, PhD, Professor of Pathology

Breaking barriers in cancer research: Leveraging a patient-derived translational research platform to elucidate cell therapy activity
Aaron Goldman, PhD, Instructor in Medicine


The Concept of Innovation and Orchestration: Translating Cell and Gene Therapies from Bench to Bedside
Khalid Shah, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery


Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center
Hale Building for Transformative Medicine (Hale BTM)

From 60 Fenwood Road

Enter at 60 Fenwood Rd lobby entrance.

Take the lobby staircase to the 2nd floor. Walk past the balcony overlooking the atrium and take the stairs on the left (Stair 2) to the 3rd floor. Once on the 3rd floor, exit the stairwell and take a right. The room is to your right through the double glass door, straight ahead.

Take S Elevator to 3rd floor. Take a right out of the elevator. The room is past the stairwell, on your right through the double glass doors.