The National Hemophilia Foundation’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Chicago, “Inspiration in the Windy City,” drew a record 2,633 attendees to its annual three-day educational conference November 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
This year attendees flocked to sessions for general audiences and subpopulations. New families got information at the hemophilia 101 and VWD 101 sessions, “Babies, Bruises and Bleeds.” Women gathered to discuss aging issues, carrier status and caregiver concerns. Men were invited to rap sessions and a discussion on the role of dads. Other sessions helped families deal with bullies, sibling rivalry, inhibitors and dental health.
The two-day Medical Track for researchers and providers offered a plenary on joint disease and osteoporosis, and sessions on treatment options, genetics and coagulation.
Saturday morning early birds stretched their limbs and enjoyed the Fit ‘n’ Fun walk/run led by physical therapists. The annual Awards Luncheon celebrated the accomplishments of a variety of people in the bleeding disorders community, from volunteers to researchers. The Final Night Event gave attendees the chance to sample some Chicago cuisine and show off their moves on the dance floor.
2012 is right around the corner, so mark your calendars for NHF’s 64th Annual Meeting, November 8-10, 2012, in Orlando—“Mapping Our Future.” Orlando is a popular meeting location for people of all ages. See you in sunny Florida in 2012!