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Patient Conferences (Annual Meetings)

The IPPF Patient Conferences (formerly known as “Annual Meetings”) are held annually and bring together patients, caregivers, top P/P physicians and researchers, and P/P sponsors for an exciting weekend of information exchange and friendship building. Each year, the IPPF holds the meetings in different locations around the United States. In 2005 the IPPF sponsored a mini-meeting in the United Kingdom, and in 2007 held a full-scale meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The structure of the meetings provides attendees with a build up of knowledge starting with an introduction and moving on through treatments, medications, clinical trials, and emotional support. From all-attendee plenary sessions, to individualized break-out sessions, there is something for everyone.

Over 100 patients and caregivers typically attend the annual meeting and roughly 70% are from within driving distance of the site. In 2012 (Boston), over 250 patients, caregivers, family and friends attended the event. Our generous sponsors help keep attendee registration costs affordable and provide valuable samples, resources, and information to attendees.

Our speakers are the best in the business and are internationally recognized for their contributions to the pemphigus and pemphigoid population around the world. Additionally, we invite local dermatologists, immunologists, nurses, and others to provide local attendees with direct access to the experts in their community.

Our weekend long format typically includes a Welcome Reception and Pre-Registration Check In on Friday night (usually from 6-9:00 pm). Saturday’s Registration usually begins with breakfast around 7:30 am followed by Opening Ceremonies. The day includes talks, lunch, and presentations/group sessions ending around 5:00 pm with an occasional social mixer afterwards. We like to leave Saturday evening’s open so attendees can mingle with family and new friends — and enjoy the city where we are meeting. Sunday’s include breakfast and presentations/group sessions starting around 8:00 am and ends around noon. For more information, please visit the information page for the event.

Upcoming Meeting Location

2013 – San Francisco, CA (April 26-28)

Previous Locations

2012 – Boston, MA (May 18-20)

2011 – Detroit, MI

2010 – Philadelphia, PA

2009 – Los Angeles, CA

2008 – Dallas, TX

2007 – Toronto, ON, Canada

2006 – New York, NY

2005 – Arlington, VA

2004 – Las Vegas, NV

2003 – Weston/Ft Lauderdale, FL

2002 – New York, NY

2001 – Anaheim, CA

2000 – San Francisco, CA

1999 – New York, NY

1998 – Chicago, IL