European Study Group on Lysosomal Diseases

Promoting Collaboration and Exchange

The ESGLD promotes collaboration and exchange between European research groups in laboratory and clinical disciplines which are interested in lysosomal storage diseases.

The Study Group was founded in 1978 as a small informal group of scientists and has grown to become an organisation of over 90 groups from 22 European countries including laboratories as well as diagnostic and clinical groups.

Still open…  for Abstract Submissions…

The ESGLD Chairman, Local Organising Committee and Scientific Committee are happy to announce that the deadline for Abstract Submissions for the “24th ESGLD Workshop and Graduate Course” has been extended, so we are… open for further Abstract Submissions.

The abstract review period has ended for oral presentations. However, the abstract submissions deadline has been left open and we are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations.

ESGLD Graduate Course

Full Programme

Please note ALL times are UK time (BST)

Day 1 of Graduate Course  

Wednesday 7th September

14:00 – 14:15     Introductory Remarks – Brian Bigger

14:15 – 15:00     Lysosome Biogenesis/Biosynthesis of enzymes – Thomas Braulke
15:00 – 15:45     Autophagy – David Rubinsztein
15:45 – 16:30     HOPS complex – Jan van der Beek

16:30 – 17:00     Coffee Break and Refreshments

17:00 – 17:45     Channels and Transporters – Bruno Gasnier
17:45 – 18:30     Lipid degradation and lipid storage diseases – Hans Aerts
18:30 – 19:15     Lysosomal Leukodystrophies – Volkmar Gieselmann

19:15 – 19:30    Designation of flash-talk discussion leaders

19:30     DINNER

Day 2 of Graduate Course   Thursday 8th September

07:00 – 08:30    Breakfast

08:30 – 09:15    Misfolding in lysosomal diseases – Mia Horowitz
09:15 – 10:00    Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis – Angela Schulz
10:00 – 10:45    Mucopolysaccharidoses – Nicole Muschol

10:45 – 11:15    Coffee Break and Refreshments

11:15 – 12:00     Lysosomal Membrane proteins – Markus Damme
12:00 – 12:45     Current therapies for LSDs – Simon Jones
12:45 – 13:30     Novel Therapies for LSDs– Brian Bigger

13:30 – 14:30     Lunch

14:30 – 17:00    Flash talks by graduate students and postdocs

Latest News…

24th ESGLD Workshop and Graduate Course

Dear ESGLD members,

The ESGLD Chairman, Local Organising Committee and Scientific Committee are happy to announce that Registration and Abstract submission for the 24th ESGLD Workshop and Graduate Course to be held face to face in Lancaster, UK between 7th – 11th September 2022 is now open!!!

Key meeting dates:
     7th – 8th September 2022: Graduate course
     8th – 11th September 2022: 24th ESGLD workshop

Please go to to check your lab membership (100 Euros) is up-to-date for the period 2022/2023 – this allows ALL members of your lab to register for the 24th ESGLD Workshop and Graduate Course.

For details of this event and to register and submit your abstracts please follow this link REGISTER NOW

Abstract submission deadline is open – go direct using this ABSTRACT SUBMISSION LINK.

For any queries about the 24th ESGLD Workshop and Graduate Course please contact:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for your continued collaboration and support,
Brian Bigger Chairman ESGLD
Pim Pijnappel Treasurer ESGLD
Paul Saftig Secretary ESGLD

Please email Chairman for website enquiries, Treasurer for payment enquiries and Secretary for new membership enquiries.

FEBS 2022 Advanced Course

360° Lysosome: from Structure to Genomics, from Function to Disease

4th – 9th, October, 2022 │ Kusadasi / Izmir, Turkey

We’re delighted to invite you to the FEBS Advanced Course, ”360-degree Lysosome; from structure to genomics, from function to disease-update”, which will be held in Kusadası in October, 2022. This course will focus on lysosome biology and function, new metabolic and signalling insights into the function of lysosomes, pathophysiological mechanisms of lysosomal dysfunction in living cells. This course will bring together Basic Scientists & lab researchers & clinicians working on this unique field on the molecular and cellular aspects of lysosomal storage diseases.

This workshop intends to create a scientific platform to discuss advances in the field as well as to establish novel networks among the participants for future collaborations. In order to maximize the opportunities for interactions between young researchers and all participants, the workshop is planned in a dynamic format of plenaries, panels, round-table discussion, poster and oral presentation sessions. A specific meeting slot is allocated for Breakfast & Young Scientists Professional Development. This meeting is a preferential slot which will deal with hot issues in the postgraduate education and further academic and/or industrial careers of young scientists.

Social events (Welcome party, Ephesus& Virgin Mary’s house tour) will create social networks and fruitful interactions during the course.

We are indebted very much to FEBS for their great support for the meeting and Youth Travel Fund. In addition, we wish to express our thanks to Turkish Biochemical Society, EFLM and IFCC for their auspices.

Our previous FEBS-Advanced Lecture Course on Lysosomes was completed with huge success in 2014, we were honoured to receive the positive and rewarding feedbacks from all participants. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we promise a productive and enjoyable meeting with a high scientific level.

Prof. Dr. Eser Y. SozmenScientific Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Konrad Sandhoff – Scientific Coordinator 


FEBS 2022 Website

Registration Options:

Workshop only Single room £650

Workshop only Twin room £550

Partner rate (Twin or double room)
      no attendance to talks £450

Workshop only Student rate £300

Graduate Course £100


Get Involved… Become a Member Laboratory

The ESGLD is comprised of over 90 member groups from 22 European countries. Membership is open to European laboratories, clinical and diagnostic groups who are actively engaged in research on lysosomal disorders and basic research on lysosomal physiology.

There are three forms of membership:

Group Membership

…whereby a group is represented by a Principal Investigator (PI) or senior researcher. All scientists/practitioners working in this group at any given time are automatically considered members of the ESGLD

Associate Membership

…is for groups that are outside of Europe but have substantive links to ESGLD. This is awarded on a case by case basis at the ESGLD boards discretion

Honorary Membership

…which is for retired individuals who are no longer associated with their previous group but maintain an active interest in the ESGLD. This is awarded at the ESGLD boards discretion

Application Criteria

Applications for membership of the ESGLD are considered and approved by the ESGLD board solely based on the following criteria, with equal opportunities for all.

In order to be become a member group of the ESGLD you must:

1) Be based in the wider European area, (unless approved as an associate member).
2) Be a laboratory, clinical or diagnostic group actively engaged in work on Lysosomal Diseases or Lysosomal Biology.
3) Not be a commercial enterprise or work mainly for commercial enterprise.
4) Associate members must have substantive links to ESGLD member groups

The subscription fee is paid every two years and is €100 per group. Please fill out the application form and include an up to date CV for the consideration of the ESGLD board.

Contact ESGLD

For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Paul Saftig
Biochemisches Institut
CAU Kiel
Olshausenstr. 40
D-24098 Kiel
Tel: ++ 49-(0)431-8802216

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