Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation: Models and Therapy

2024 Sanford Children's Health Research Center Symposium
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Date and time

March 1, 2024 - 8:00 am PST
March 3, 2024 - 5:00 pm PST


Paradise Point Resort & Spa

1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109



Advanced ticket purchase is required to attend this event.

Event Registration deadline is February 15, 2024.




This year's event is organized by Sanford Burnham Prebys in partnership with the Sanford Children's Health Research Center and CDG CARE.

Daily events

  • Friday
    Scientific Meeting and Poster Session
    8:00am–7:00pm PST

  • Saturday
    Scientific Meeting and Doctor-is-in-Session
    8:00am–4:30pm PST

  • Sunday
    CDG CARE Family Meeting
    8:00am–5:00pm PST

About the event

In 2024, in partnership with CDG CARE and the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Rare Disease Day Symposium will continue to focus on Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation “CDG Models and Therapy”. Researchers, clinicians, patients, family members, industry experts, and inspirational advocates will bring their talents and special stories to Mission Bay in San Diego, CA.

Together, we will foster new perspectives, ideas, and collaborations to accelerate therapeutic efforts for those living with CDG. This joint scientific and family symposium will be held March 1–3, 2024 in San Diego, CA, with the scientific session primarily on March 1–2, and the family session on March 3.

Symposium/Speaker Agenda

Please check back for updates

Please note that speakers and topics are subject to change. To facilitate communication between the scientific and family communities, all participants are encouraged to attend the full symposium.

Scientific topics are broad and diverse including:

  1. Basic Science of Glycosylation and its relation to multiple types of CDG
  2. Glycosylation Disorder Models – cultured cells including patient-derived IPS cells, flies, worms, fish, and mice
  3. Therapies – ongoing trials & preclinical testing for multiple types of CDG

Family topics will include:

  1. CDG Clinical Care & Management
  2. CDG Research: Models, Opportunities, and Future Outlook
  3. CDG Patient/Parent Resource Exchange

Scientific and family meetings will be bridged by multiple interactive events:

  1. A poster session for professionals on Friday evening where scientists and clinicians present emerging research in Glycobiology and CDG.
  2. A family networking and social reception on Friday evening to provide the opportunity to build connections and strengthen community resources.
  3. Our biennial innovative doctor-is-in session, where physicians and scientists meet with small groups of family members in a round-robin format, on Saturday afternoon.
  4. Family/Scientist Networking time on Saturday evening – a celebration


Poster session

The Poster Session will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. This session will provide an opportunity for scientists to present emerging research in Glycobiology.  Admission is included with your symposium registration. Light refreshments will be provided.


Posters should show new or just-published material that has not been presented elsewhere at a prior conference or scientific event. Posters should be printed with a horizontal orientation at 48” width and 36” height. There is no design or layout that we are requiring. We will provide an easel, binder clips, and a hard board to which you can clip your poster. If your abstract is accepted, please plan to arrive at the venue no later than 12:30 pm on Friday, March 1 to set up.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts are limited to 150 words to present emerging or just published research broadly related to any aspect of CDG. Abstract proposals are due by Thursday, February 15, 2024. Questions? Please email 2024 Abstract Submission.

Abstract Submission

Sponsorship opportunities

The CDG Scientific & Family Conference is organized and run by volunteers, and is made possible by donations, sponsorships and a nominal participant registration fee. Your tax-deductible individual donation, or organizational sponsorship will help ensure that this Conference is a success, and promote the exchange of education, resources and therapeutic approaches to maximize the overall quality of life and health outcomes for children, youth and adults affected by CDG.

Sponsorship opportunities (pdf)




Glycomine logo


Ravere Therapeutics, Foundation Glycosylation & Gt Independence/Maggie's Pearl logos


Rady Children's Hospital, Neurocrine Biosciences logos


Glut1 Deficiency Foundation, New England Biolabs, Everylife Foundation, Applied Therapeutics, Hofman International, Lectenz Bio logos

Event hotel and accommodations

Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a 44-acre island retreat tucked away on gentle Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. This beachfront resort features comfortable bungalow-style guestrooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons, and is just minutes away from local family-friendly attractions. At the Paradise Point Resort, our guests will enjoy discounted group room rates, discounted overnight parking, waived daily resort fees, three dining venues, a full-service marina, and guest recreation including on-site spa, bike rentals, mini-golf, basketball, tennis, ping-pong, and croquet.

"Please note that the final day to reserve your room within the "CDG Scientific & Family Meeting" discounted room block is January 29, 2024. To make your reservation, call the hotel directly at (877) 422-9436. After this date, we encourage attendees to contact the hotel directly to inquire about general rates, local promotions, and availability by clicking here.

Additional hotels within proximity to our event venue include:



The 2024 CDG Scientific Family Conference will once again be offering a Therapeutic Daycare Program for both children and young adults affected by CDG and their siblings. The Daycare will be open Friday, March 1st - Sunday, March 3rd, during Conference sessions. The Daycare will be closed Saturday afternoon during the Doctor-is-in Session.

Highlights of the Program will include sensory and educational benefits provided through an interactive group music program, physical interaction, and exploration of animals through a wildlife experience, a group magic show, occupational therapy activities, a variety of games, free exploration, and movie presentations.

*Pre-registration for the Daycare must be completed by registering each child using the CDG Patient/Sibling ticket type (Enroll in the onsite childcare program; Choose Yes on Eventbrite). Daycare tickets are available on a first come first served basis, and once the Daycare reaches the maximum capacity of 60 participants, a waitlist will be created.

Prior to the Conference, a staff member will contact all families who have pre-registered to confirm attendance, gather additional information, and provide families with the hours, policies, and procedures of the Daycare. If you have any additional questions regarding the Daycare, please email Andrea Miller at


We look forward to your participation!

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