The IDF 2019 National Conference, held in National Harbor, MD, June 20-22, brought together more than 1,300 attendees from 42 states, Washington, DC, and Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Norway, and Portugal. This was the first IDF National Conference for 590 attendees.
More than 80 educational sessions filled each day featuring 90 medical and life management experts who volunteer their time to help the primary immunodeficiency (PI) community.
Perhaps the most life-changing moments of the conference occurred between individuals who were able to meet others going through similar experiences during networking sessions, social events, or even conversations in the hallways between sessions.
Although PI is rare, those affected by these disorders need to know that they are not alone, and the IDF National Conference helps bring the community together. You are not alone! IDF is here for you!
From toddlers to teens, more than 150 children took part in the IDF Youth Program, enjoying fun, educational activities throughout the conference.
An interactive Education Hall allowed participants to learn about the latest products, services, and resources for the PI community.
Exceptional Members of the Medical Community Honored
Exceptional members of the medical community were honored at IDF 2019 National Conference. The IDF Art of Nursing Award, which pays tribute to a member of the nursing community who has extensively contributed toward improving the diagnosis and care of patients with PI, was presented to Kristin Epland, FNP-C of the Midwest Immunology Clinic and member of the IDF Nurse Advisory Committee.
The Scientific Achievement Award pays tribute to a member of the medical or scientific community who has extensively contributed toward improving the diagnosis and care of people with PI. This year, it was presented to Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD of the St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Disease and The Rockefeller University.
The Marcia Boyle Service Award recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to IDF and their work to change the PI community for the better. The first recipient of this award was Elizabeth K. Garabedian, RN of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institute of Health and Vice Chair of the IDF Nurse Advisory Committee.
Thank You for 2019 and See You in 2021!
Thank you to the attendees, volunteers, presenters, supporters, exhibitors and all who helped make the IDF 2019 National Conference a success!
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The IDF 2021 National Conference will be held June 24-26, 2021 in Dallas, TX at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.