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2018 PPMD Annual Conference
The 2018 PPMD Annual Conference marks the 24th time families, physicians, researchers, caregivers, industry partners, and those living with Duchenne have gathered to discuss all topics Duchenne.
This conference is like no other. Here, the key is community. All the pieces of this incredible community come together to learn, to listen, and to look forward at driving change. Every single voice is important, and every moment is rich. Now is the time for us to come together as a community and seize this moment.
The field is ripe with opportunity and at the PPMD Annual Conference partnerships are built, questions are asked and answered, and friendships are forged.
This year in Scottsdale, AZ, you will hear current and critical information on:
Conference Registration Rates
**PPMD can offer Newly Diagnosed conference scholarships to approximately 30 families on a first come, first serve basis. This scholarship covers conference fees only and does not cover travel or hotel accommodations. Kids Track and the Race to End Duchenne .1K are not included in this sponsorship.
What does your Annual Conference Registration Cover?
Registration fees help to offset, but do not cover the full cost of the Annual Conference. PPMD recognizes, however, that bringing the conference and the wealth of information it provides is an invaluable part of our leadership in the Duchenne community.
Included with your registration fee is:
This year, PPMD will again be offering a support program for newly diagnosed Duchenne families to attend the Annual Conference. Through generous donations and sponsorships, PPMD will waive registration fees for families who have been diagnosed after January 2016.**
If your child has been diagnosed with Duchenne/Becker after January 2016 and you have never attended a PPMD Annual Conference and would like to attend the conference to gain a better understanding of Duchenne care and research, and to meet other families living with this diagnosis, please click here to apply for this scholarship.
(**PPMD can offer conference scholarships to approximately 30 families on a first come, first serve basis. This scholarship covers conference fees only and does not cover travel or hotel accommodations. Kids Track and the Race to End Duchenne .1K are not included in this sponsorship.)
On Friday, PPMD will once again host the Race to End Duchenne .1K™. Join us for this fun and zany race as parents, families, kids of all ages, scientists and researchers, industry sponsors, and ANYONE and EVERYONE take to the streets and together tackle .1K (about the length of a football field!). Your registration includes a race shirt, bib, swag bag, post-race refreshments, and all the fun of racing. You won’t want to miss this fun and exciting event!
Registration is $15 per adult (16 yrs +) and $5 per child (5 yrs - 15 yrs). Kids under 5 are free.
One of our most exciting and fast-growing programs at the Annual Conference is our Kids Track! This year, we will be expanding our Kids Track to give those attending more creative outlets to express themselves.
This year, the program will include:
During these sessions there will be entertainment, special group games, crafts and activities (broken into 3 age groups; minimum age is 5 or kindergarten), and loads of interactive fun.
Kids Track registration also includes a free t-shirt, lunch on Friday, and dinner Saturday night.
NOTE: Minimum age is 5 or kindergarten.
PPMD has retained a discounted room rate for our Annual Conference at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ.
Yes, you are welcome to bring your children to PPMD’s Annual Connect Conference. However, please remember and keep in mind that the conference presentations are serious topics and quite sensitive and session days are long. For this reason, please make sure to bring someone with you or make arrangements to have someone watch your children while you attend the conference sessions. Also, PPMD will be offering a Kids Track for portions of the day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (View the "Kids Track" section of this page to learn more).
No. PPMD does not offer childcare at this meeting. However we will be offering a Kids Track for portions of the day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (View the "Kids Track" section of this page to learn more).
Past Conference Presentations
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
Interested in sponsoring the Annual Conference? Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please visit our Sponsor Programs page for more details.
Resource Fair Opportunities
We are pleased to announce the return of the PPMD Resource Fair at this year’s Annual Conference. We are working to help resource providers and the community connect about practical services, equipment, and more. Admission for attendees is included in conference registration. If you would like information about how to exhibit please visit ParentProjectMD.org/ResourceProviders.
Call for Poster Session Abstracts
PPMD is excited to one again include a Poster Session at this year’s Annual Conference. The Poster Session will take place Thursday, June 28, 2018 (6:15 PM - 8:30 PM). If you are interested in submitting an abstract please visit ParentProjectMD.org/PosterSession. Submissions are due May 21, 2018.
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