Saturday’s closing half-day session of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV 2016) annual meeting was rich with exciting new science, as well as recognition for some of the extraordinary work presented throughout the course of the four-day conference (May 4-7) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The meeting closed with outgoing ISEV president Jan Lötvall handing over the reins of leadership to Andy Hill (photo), Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Genetics at La Trobe University in Australia, and the announcement that the ISEV 2017 annual meeting would be held in Toronto, Canada. Prior to those announcements, short clinical and scientific wrap-ups of the meeting were given, respectively, by Peter Quesenberry, MD, Professor of Oncology & Medicine at the medical school of Brown University in the USA and Alise Weaver, MD, PhD, Professor of Cancer Biology & Cell and Developmental Biology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, also in the USA. The fabulous work of the ISEV’s international local organizing committee, under the leadership of Hungary’s Edit Buzás, was also lauded. Awards were also presented for exceptional oral and poster presentations given at the meeting. It was also announced that an online course on EVs would be made available by the ISEV later in May. The final morning of the meeting had begun with three simultaneous Experts Meet sessions on the biofluids blood, milk, and urine. These were followed by three simultaneous sessions featuring late-breaking oral presentations. Highlights of these sessions included one talk on how exosomes might play a role in the repair of spinal cord injury and another on a possible role for EVs in infections caused by non-enveloped viruses such as the mengovirus, a picorna virus.
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