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FDRS 2019: Treatment for Fat Disorders

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

202 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

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FDRS 2019: Treatment of Fat Disorders is April 12-14, 2019 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Keynote speaker is world renowned Fat Disorder expert, Karen L. Herbst, MD, PhD. Topics to include surgical and non-surgical treatment options in managing both Lipedema and Dercum's Disease.

Hotel information

FDRS room block rate is $139 per night. Click here to book your room. There are a limited number handicap accessible rooms in the FDRS room block. Please call 1-877-212-5752 and mention FDRS to receive the special $139/night rate.

The FDRS room block is valid for Tuesday, April 9, 2019 through Monday, April 15, 2019. Should you wish to come early or stay late, rooms at this rate are subject to availability.

Book your hotel room today before the room block is sold out! (Hint: the room block WILL sell out early this year).

When you book within the room block, you help FDRS to keep conference costs as low as possible. We appreciate all conference attendees, speakers, and vendors booking within the FDRS room block.

Conference Schedule

Friday 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday 7:00 am – 6:15 pm

Sunday 7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Come early and stay late!

NEW research opportunites this year!

  • Research takes place pre-conference April 10, 11 and 12 (early) at different times.

  • The Lipedema Foundation is coordinating this effort. Please contact them via EMAIL if you are interested in participating.

  • Note that the Foundation will try and accommodate everyone, but the research is subject to criteria so participation can't be guaranteed.

  • Researchers are requesting controls (people without lipedema) and early participants (Wed/THu) this year.

Breakout sessions for Clinicians: Lipedema: From diagnosis to management, Diagnosis and Management of Complex case, Nutrigenomics and individualized treatment strategies for Lipedema patients, Hot Topics in the Treatment in Lipedema and Dercum’s Disease

Breakout sessions for Therapists: Clinical Skills We Can Use: Lymphatic decongestion treatment interventions, Hot Topics in the Treatment in Lipedema and Dercum’s Disease

Breakout sessions for Researchers: Emerging Research Topics

General Sessions:

  • Keynote Address: Why Doesn't My Treatment Work For My Fat?

  • The Clinical Examination of Lipedema

  • Chronic Venous Disease - When Treatments May Help

  • Research Update

  • Defining Dercum Disease

  • Hypermobility

Breakout sessions for Patients/General:

  • Insights from Personal Nutrition Research

  • Integrative Methods Of Pain Management For The Fat Disorder Patient

  • News You Can Use: Physical Therapy Treatment Interventions For Fat Disorders

  • Take Your Time: A Graded Approach To Treating Fat Disorders

  • Liposuction Panel: Treating Another Pain: Challenging Insurance Denials For Denied Lipectomies, Combining Skin Excision with Liposuction for Lipedema: Brachioplasty, Thighplasty, Abdominoplasty, Fibrosis And Lipedema What You Need To Know

  • Patient Perspectives: Viking Winter Diet--Treating Obesity and Autoimmune Diseases Through Vitamin-A Elimination, How I Lost Over 6 Dress Sizes Without Surgery, Defying Dercum's

  • How to Form a Local Support Group

  • Stress Reduction for Lipedema and Dercum’s Disease Patients


Will meals be provided?

Registration includes a light reception on Friday evening, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Saturday. Details regarding the meals will be posted closer to the conference. In order to keep costs down, beverages will include water, iced tea, hot tea, and coffee. There is a coffee shop and two restaurants located in the hotel.

What's nearby?

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is situated in downtown Baltimore, about a 25 drive from BWI airport. It's near Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor as well as other well known area attractions and restaurants. The Gallery at Harborplace Hotel, a shopping mall, is connected to the hotel. CVS pharmacy is a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

Can I bring a friend/spouse/family member?

Absolutely! This meeting is open to all who are interested in Lipedema and Dercum's disease. Registration fees apply to all guests.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

BWI airport is 11 miles away.

1) Super Shuttle - https://www.supershuttle.com/

2) Taxi – According to the hotel, approximately $30.

3) Uber - check for pricing https://www.uber.com/cities/baltimore/

4) Lyft - check for pricing https://www.lyft.com/rider/cities/baltimore-md

5) Light RailLink - check for schedule and pricing (nearest stop is .4 mile from hotel) https://mta.maryland.gov/light-rail $3.60 round trip

Hotel parking information: Self Park $33 per day. Valet $43 per day.

Can I pay by check?

Please make your check payable to FDRS and mail to:

P.O. Box 191
Laurel, MD 20725-0191

Checks must be received by February 15, 2019 in order to receive the early bird rate.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring a printed ticket. We will have your registration information. However, we do suggest you print a copy for your records.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds prior to March 15, 2019 are accepted, less a $25 administration fee. If you are unable to attend, please consider donating your ticket back to FDRS. We have a waiting list for those who are unable to attend due to financial reasons. Please e-mail info@fatdisorders.org to donate your ticket. Due to hotel commitments, no refunds after March 15, 2019.

May I record the meeting?

The conference will be professionally videotaped and be available at no charge for conference attendees. As such, no video or audio taping (including but not limited to phones, video cameras, or any other recording devices) is permitted during the conference.

Live Stream

Can't attend in person? FDRS will live stream the conference for FREE. Login details will be published the week of the conference.

What if the registration fee is out of my budget?

FDRS does not want financial hardship to keep anyone from attending our annual conference. As such, we are pleased to announce a limited number of financial hardship scholarships to offset registration fees for the 2019 FDRS conference in Baltimore, MD. To apply, please complete the following document: Financial Hardship Application and e-mail the completed application to info@fatdisorders.org The application is designed to complete electronically, save to your computer, and attach it to an e-mail.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


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