Tuesday, February 13, 2007

American Behcet's Disease Association 2007 Conference

Get your information from doctors who actually understand
Behcet's (and know how to spell it, too!)
This will be the fifth time I've attended an ABDA conference,
and the first time that I'll be giving a presentation. The topic?
Behcet's and Pregnancy, which was the subject of the
research study that I conducted in late 2005-spring 2006.

If you've never attended an ABDA conference before, try
to to make it a priority for this year. It's been 4 years since
the last conference took place, and it may be another 2-4 years
before the next one is scheduled. You owe it to yourself to
collect as much information as possible for you, your family,
and your doctors.

ABDA 2007 Medical Conference
Friday April 27 - Sunday April 29, 2007
Clarion Hotels & Suites Emerald Springs
Las Vegas, NV

Conference Fee: $395
They accept checks, money orders, MasterCard/VISA. There's an
additional $40 off the registration fee if you're an ABDA member.

Hotel Cost: the ABDA has arranged a special $99-per-nite rate
with the hotel, and you have to let them know that you're with the
American Behcet's Disease Association conference to get the
special rate (or even to get a room at all -- if you're not with the
conference, they're telling people that there are no rooms available
that weekend). You can get a room by calling 1-800-732-7889 in
the US and Canada.

The first session of the conference starts at 9 AM on the 27th, so
anyone planning on attending should expect to arrive in Vegas
the day/night before. The last presentation ends at noon on
Sunday the 29th. I was able to get a round-trip airline ticket
from Boston to Vegas for $282 total, altho I have to arrive late
at night before the conference, and take the red-eye flight back
home to get that particular fare.

Sessions run from 9 AM until 5 PM each day, with evening
support groups for BD patients, and for the caregivers/family
members of BD patients. (Don't worry, there are scheduled
breaks during the day, and a 2-hour lunch/rest break each
day too).

If you want to pay by check or money order,
the address to send your payment is:
ABDA 2007 Conference
PO Box 19952
Amarillo, TX 79114

The conference moves around the country each time it's offered.
Locations for the last few conferences have been:
Las Vegas (this year)
Chicago (2003)


What Does It Take to Diagnose Behcet Disease?
Date Published: February 5, 2007
Description: This patient had many typical features but no oral or genital ulcers. His ocular disease responded to treatment with azathioprine and infliximab.
Source: JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

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