The IFOPA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides hope to individuals with FOP and their families through education and support programs while funding research to find a cure and raising awareness for the rare genetic condition fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP).

The IFOPA was founded in 1988 by Jeannie Peeper who had never met anyone else with the disease. This isolation was typical before the IFOPA was formed, and Jeannie's goal was to bring people with FOP together. Today, the IFOPA is the umbrella organization for people with FOP worldwide and the place for FOP families to come for advocacy, education and support.

Our mission is to fund research to find a cure for FOP while supporting, connecting and advocating for individuals with FOP and their families, and raising awareness worldwide. 

Our vision is a cure for FOP, accessible worldwide. 

Programs and Services

The IFOPA provides many programs and services to our members, families and community.

These are a few of those programs:

  • Research  

    The IFOPA catalyzes the highest-quality research on FOP to drive towards treatments and a cure by funding research, developing research infrastructure and promoting research connections. Learn More

  • Patient and Family Support  

    The IFOPA serves as a trusted resource to people with FOP and their families by providing flexible and tailored support and connections through all stages of life with FOP.

    The IFOPA also enables informed decision-making about treatments and research participation by the community of people with FOP.

    The IFOPA equips FOP national organizations based outside of the United States to serve individuals with FOP and their families in their respective geographic areas. 

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  • Advocacy and Awareness  

    The IFOPA serves as a voice for people with FOP and families by building targeted awareness and providing targeted advocacy. Learn More

Latest News

February 25, 2020

Get Your FOP Gear for Awareness Day

Make sure you're ready to spread awareness with NEW swag from the IFOPA store

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February 14, 2020

University of Michigan Publishes Article Identifying Different Immune Cell Types Post Injury

February 11, 2020

FOP Australia Finds Fundraising Success

Traditional and Creative Fundraisers Are Making a Difference for FOP Research and the Community

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Webinar: Research Strategies of the IFOPA

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Joshua's Future of Promises 2020 Bingo for a Cure

Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Webinar Session 2: Emotional Expressiveness

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 08:00 PM

Webinar Session 3: Ability to Self-Calm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 08:00 PM

Webinar Session 4: Hardiness

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 08:00 PM

Webinar Session 5: Self-care

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 08:00 PM

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