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Annual Conference Highlights



Dysautonomia International holds an annual conference each summer. We invite patients, family, friends, and medical professionals to join us for a weekend of learning, networking, advocacy and fun!

2016 Conference Highlights
The 2016 Dysautonomia Conference was our fourth annual conference held in Herndon, Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. We were joined by 500 guests, including many of the top autonomic disorders experts from the US and Canada. Dr. Jeffrey Boris received our 2016 Physician of the Year Award during the Saturday night awards dinner. Dr. Lawrence Afrin presented the Sunday morning plenary lecture on mast cell activation syndrome and dysautonomia. The 2016 conference also included a serum collection hosted by Dysautonomia International and University of Texas Southwestern researchers, screening for muscarinic receptor antibodies in POTS patients, and for the first time, a night of karaoke that included doctors, patients and family members rocking out together. Karaoke will be back for 2017 for sure! We may be sick, but we still know how to have fun!
2016 Conference Journal
2016 Conference Lectures Videos
2016 Conference Photos


2015 Conference Highlights
The 2015 Dysautonomia Conference & Lobby Day was our third annual conference held in Herndon, Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. We were joined by 450 guests, including patients, family members, friends and over 100 medical professionals. Special guests included Dr. Lisa Sanders, inspiration for the TV show House and author of the NY Times Diagnosis column, Alexandra Agro from America's Next Top Model and Dr. Blair Grubb, who received our 2015 Physician of the Year Award during the Saturday night awards dinner. The 2015 conference also included a serum collection hosted by Dysautonomia International and Mayo Clinic researchers, looking for further evidence of autoimmunity in POTS patients. About 100 guests participated in Dysautonomia Lobby Day, meeting with 91 House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill, and FDA leadership, to advocate on behalf of the dysautonomia community.
2015 Conference Journal
2015 Conference Lectures Videos - coming soon...
2015 Conference Lecture Slides - coming soon...
2015 Conference Photos


2014 Conference Highlights
The 2014 Dysautonomia Conference & Lobby Day was our second annual conference. We were joined by 350 patients and family members from several countries, as well as 50 medical professionals who attended our first Autonomic Disorders Workshop Continuing Medical Education course. Educational lectures, discussion panels and interactive workshops were presented by leading experts in autonomic disorders, as well as dysautonomia patients who happen to be fantastic social workers, psychologists and researchers. This year's conference also included a mobile research lab staffed by Vanderbilt University's Autonomic Dysfunction Center researchers and the LabCorp staff from Dr. Hasan Abdallah's office. 180 conference guests volunteered a blood sample for the POTS Antibodies Research Project.
2014 Conference Journal
2014 Conference Lecture Videos


2013 Conference Highlights
The 2013 Dysautonomia Patient Conference & Lobby Day was our first conference. We were joined by 150 patients and family members from 20 states and Puerto Rico, as well as some of the world's leading experts on autonomic disorders. Guests enjoyed a weekend of educational presentations, fun social activities, and informal networking.
2013 Conference Journal
2013 Conference Photo Album
2013 Lobby Day Photo Album
2013 YouTube Video Highlights
2013 Conference Lecture Videos

 

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