2018 Family Gathering

The 2018 Family Gathering was held Nov. 16-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. We welcomed nearly 50 families and 200 attendees for a weekend of connection, learning, and growth. For a snapshot of the weekend's activities and to view the photo gallery, click here.

We are pleased to share recordings of presentations from the following speakers.

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The IFOPA: An Overview of Family Services and Fundraising

Welcome Remarks and Your IFOPA
Executive Director, Michelle Davis, talks about the IFOPA and its growth and achievements over the past 30 years as well as the activities taking place at the 2018 Family Gathering.  

Resources for Family Education and Support
Family Services Manager Hope Newport provides an overview of the resources for family support and education through the IFOPA.

Friend-raising and Fundraising for FOP
Cathryn Roys, Fundraising and Special Projects Manager, talks about the current and upcoming opportunities to fundraise for the IFOPA.

A Research Update and Q&A with FOP Experts

The Maps, Taps and FAPs of FOP
Fred Kaplan, MD discusses research in the FOP field and the progress that has been made over recent years.

Common Health Questions of FOP’ers Panel
The top medical experts in FOP answer questions from the community including pulmonary health, kidney stones, puberty, menopause, flare-ups at altitude, tetanus shots, chicken pox and shingles.

Panelists include Drs. Mona Al Mukaddam, Ed Hsiao, Fred Kaplan and Bob Pignolo.

Clinical Studies & Trials and You

Understanding Clinical Studies and Trials
Chris Scott, MD provides an overview of the drug development and approval process and the role you play in clinical trials.

The IFOPA: Supporting and Enabling the FOP Research Community
Adam Sherman, IFOPA Research Development & Partnerships Director, shares about the variety of ways the IFOPA supports FOP research.  

FOP Patient Registry: Patient-driven data for a cure
FOP Registry Project Director, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, discusses the patient registry and how it is one of the greatest opportunities for individuals with FOP to contribute to research.


The Oral Health Treatment Discussion for Patients with FOP
FOP dental experts Corrie Crowe, DDS and Clive Friedman, DDS, discuss the importance of proactive oral health and how to navigate some of the issues that may arise in oral health care.

Resource Connect: A Discussion Group
FOP community representatives discuss how they and their loved ones have used tools in a variety of ways to support continued independence, boost confidence and promote a balance for caregivers.

Panelists include Emma Albee, Amanda Cali, Jasmin Floyd, and Kristi Gonzales.

Understanding Injections and Working Towards a Successful Blood Draw
Child life specialist Becky Halagarda covers different ways to support the pediatric population during hospital procedures, specifically blood draws.

Chronic Pain and Management
Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD, Director of the John Hopkins Pain Treatment Program, talks about the challenges of opioid use and the complexity of pain management.

Resilience in the Midst of Challenge
Social worker Susan Rieger discusses the value of a resilient mindset for families and individuals coping with the stress of FOP.

Surgery and Anesthesia

What You Need to Know About Surgery and Anesthesia with FOP
Anesthesiologist Zvi Grunwald, MD explains how to prepare for surgery and considerations for anesthesia relevant to the FOP community.

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