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Annual Connect Conference

2012 Annual Connect Conference

The largest, most comprehensive annual, international conference focused entirely on Duchenne.

2012 Connect Conference

When: June 28 - July 1, 2012
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Harbor Beach Marriott
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 21, 2012 - Extended until May 29!
Final Registration Deadline: June 4, 2012

Live streaming

We will be live streaming sessions on:
Thursday, June 28: 1:15 PM - 6 PM eastern
Friday, June 29: 8 AM - 6 PM eastern
Saturday, June 30: 8 AM - 6:30 PM eastern

What you can expect

This year PPMD will be hosting a three part series on Clinical Trials. We will hear panel presentations from parents whose children are or were participating in trials, from clinicians who run the trials and from industry leaders themselves who develop the trials. These interactive panels will give us a glimpse into the future of Duchenne trials and hopefully enlighten us all.

Download the detailed 2012 Connect Conference Agenda.*
(*subject to change)

  • Thursday, June 28
    • Noon: Presentations will quickly dive into advanced topics such as optimal care, clinical trials, etc.
    • Evening: There will be a Welcome Reception for all attendees and presenters giving everyone a chance to connect.

  • Friday, June 29:
    • All Day: Conference presentations will begin at 8 a.m. with our keynote address by Rick Gadotti. Sessions on research strategies, clinical trials, elements of care, and other topics will last through 6:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 30:
    • All Day: We will again begin at 8 a.m and continue to hear in detail about current research and clinical trials. In breakout sessions, we will have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as behavior issues, emotional support, adaptive technology, and more. The day will end with a newly formatted expert panel discussion that you won’t want to miss.
    • Evening: Please join us for dinner. This year we have some special guests keeping the evening lively and entertaining.

  • Sunday, July 1
    • Morning:  Start the day around 8:30 a.m. with a series of breakout sessions on physical therapy. These hands-on sessions will answer your stretching questions and give you that one-on-one time with experts.
    • Noon: The day will end around noon and we will once again say good bye to good friends, both old and new.

Conference Registration & Fees

  • Conference Registration Fee:
    • Before May 21: $300/person
    • After May 21: $325/person 

    Registration fee includes: Welcome Reception Thursday evening; breakfast on Friday and Saturday; lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; dinner Saturday evening; and all conference materials.

  • Kid’s Track (Friday, June 29 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm)
    • Before May 21: $45/child
    • After May 21: $65/child

    Kids Track will be on Friday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. This is a great time for all of the kids to gather, play games, do crafts, interact with each other, and form friendships. Kids Track will be divided into three groups this year: Ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13 & up. Qualified adult supervision is provided, as is lunch.

The Conference Registration Deadline is June 4, 2012.


**If you'd rather register via mail or fax, please download the offline registration form.

Room Reservations

To reserve a room at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale at the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Group rate, please make your reservation by June 4. Room Rate is $179 a night. Be sure to mention "Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy" or "muscular dystrophy" room rate to get the reduced rate.

More Information

  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • CME Credits 
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