More than 2,400 people headed south this year, all the way to New Orleans for the National Hemophilia Foundation’s 62nd Annual Meeting. The yearly conference attracts people with bleeding disorders and their families, the healthcare personnel who oversee their care, and representatives from industries that provide products and services.
Attendees moved from educational sessions to rap sessions, from breakfast symposia to evening poster receptions and from the Exhibit Hall opening to the Final Night Event at Mardi Gras World, where the floats are made for the annual parade.
During the three-day meeting, consumers flocked to sessions on such hot topics as inhibitors, intimacy, issues that women face and how to choose an appropriate sport for your child. The two-day Medical Track for researchers and physicians gave providers the opportunity to engage in discourse on new technologies and best practices for treating menorrhagia and circumcision. Many attended a breakfast symposium on aging issues affecting older men with hemophilia.
Saturday was action packed, with an early morning Fit ‘n’ Fun walk/run along the mighty Mississippi. In the afternoon, there was an awards luncheon honoring the best and brightest in the community, educational sessions on everything from dental care and siblings to alternative pain therapies and treatments for patients who do not respond to the current hepatitis C regimen. The day ended with a Mardi Gras-style party with a live band, baubles and beads, food and fun.
Start planning for 2011 when NHF takes its 63rd Annual Meeting to our kind of town—Chicago. See you for “Inspiration in the Windy City,” November 10-12, 2011.