Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a great pleasure to welcome all of you to the 18th International Symposium of the Portuguese Society for Metabolic Disorders (SPDM), which will take place May 5-7, in Peniche, a small village by the sea, near Lisboa, which offer a relaxed atmosphere away from the perturbed times we are living.

This year´s programme will focus on the “Unlimited boundaries in Inborn Errors of Metabolism” with the scope to expand the field of Inborn Errors of Metabolism to other areas of medical expertise and to raise awareness on this group of rare diseases. The Symposium programme has the privilege to count on the participation of outstanding world experts who will bring you the most recent scientific advances in the Inborn Errors of Metabolism field focused on: cellular interactions; involvement of different organs and cell tissues and the availability of innovative therapies. Moreover, the programme dedicates three sessions for the presentation of short oral communications and allocates time for poster visit and discussion, giving the opportunity to promote the work done in Portugal in the field.

The symposium will have a hybrid format and it will offer a platform that will allow the intervention of all participants either in person or virtually. We hope that the decrease in the pandemic rates will bring most of the participants to in person get together, so important for exchange of ideas in an informal environment.
A satellite meeting dedicated to Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) – “MPS & the five senses” – will take place on the 7th of May, at the same venue.

The MH Peniche Hotel offers ideal conference conditions in a modern but pleasant atmosphere. Peniche is a fishing village with beautiful beaches, famous by its unique surfing waves. We also can have the opportunity to visit the mediaeval town of Óbidos, one of the most picturesque and well-preserved villages in the country.

This meeting has been made possible by the support of the sponsors which we acknowledge.

We are delighted to be hosting the 2022 SPDM Annual Symposium, hoping that it will be a success, and very much look forward to welcome all of you in Peniche.

Patrícia Janeiro
2022 Symposium President