Welcome Letter

15th International Symposium of the Portuguese Society for Metabolic Disorders

14th – 16th March 2019


Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the Portuguese Society for Metabolic Disorders (Sociedade Portuguesa de Doenças Metabólicas - SPDM), we are very pleased to invite you to attend the 15th International Symposium of the SPDM, which will be held in Coimbra, on the 14th and 15th of March 2019.

The concept of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) is becoming broader, urging our community to crossover classic boundaries. In fact, knowledge and progress in basic biological concepts from apparently distant fields are giving precious contributes to the field of IEM. Recent and growing impact of new genetic tools and other omics technologies in IEM are undeniable. They contribute to a much better understanding of IEM pathophysiology, leading to the discovery of new disorders and to the rethinking of treatment programmes. Therefore, the scientific programme is focused on how this new emerging information affects diagnosis, therapeutic approaches and financial concerns.

A satellite meeting dedicated to Phenylketonuria (PKU) – “Management of PKU during life” – will take place on the 16th of March, at the same venue.  

We worked hard to set up a challenging programme and hope to have succeeded.  As always, a Symposium of this dimension is also a unique opportunity to meet international and national experts in the field and to contribute to lively and fruitful discussions of the latest research results.

Considerable time is allocated to short oral communications (three sessions) and to oral poster presentation (one session). We therefore invite all of you to share your findings regarding either clinical or laboratory aspects of IEM, not necessarily related to the main topics of the meeting. Furthermore, we ask you to encourage your young colleagues to submit abstracts.

The 15th International Symposium of the SPDM will take place at the Hotel Vila Galé, Coimbra. The venue will provide excellent facilities to accommodate the delegates and the industry exhibitions.

We are delighted to be hosting the 2019 SPDM Annual Symposium and very much look forward to welcome everyone to Coimbra.


Maria Carmo Macário

2019 Symposium Chairperson