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Old Sun Jan 29, 2012, 01:58 PM
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One-day Patient Conference in Chicago, IL, October 20, 2012

A free one-day patient conference will be held in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The conference, hosted by the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF), is one of seven one-day patient conferences in 2012.

This will be a multi-track conference for AA, MDS, and PNH patients and their families. Those who live in the Midwest should plan to attend this conference.

The conference will include parallel (simultaneous) sessions on AA, MDS, and PNH, sessions to help you live with and cope with these diseases, and professionally-facilitated support sessions with your peers.

Conference attendance is free. Breakfast and lunch are included. Discounted hotel rates are available to those who want to stay overnight.

Conference Program

Come hear about the latest information about diagnosis, treatment (including transplants), and medical research from leading experts, including:
  • Dr. Jamile Shammo, Rush University
  • Dr. Laura Michaelis, Loyola University (tentative)
  • Dr. Bogdan Dumitriu, National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. David Margolis, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Charles Parker, University of Utah (tentative)
Patients and family members will also be able to
  • meet medical experts face-to-face
  • hear about the latest treatments and medical research
  • learn skills for managing life with a bone marrow failure disease
  • have your questions answered
  • learn how to be your own advocate for the best care
  • get to know other patients and family members like yourselves
  • attend professionally-facilitated support sessions
Special programs included:
  • Standing Up for Your Health (lunchtime program)
  • Celebration of Hope (concluding program)
Living with Aplastic Anemia, MDS or PNH

Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Check-in begins at 7:30am.
Chicago Marriott O'Hare (Google map)
8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631
773-693-4444 (main), 866-614-8407 (toll-free), 888-236-2427 (Marriott toll-free reservations)

Discounted hotel rates are available if you make reservations by Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Hotel self-parking is free.
See other hotel information on the AA&MDSIF event page[/url].
Use the online registration form to register for the conference.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 10.

For more information see the AA&MDSIF event page.
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