2012 Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Int'l Family Conference & Scientific Symposium

Orlando, Florida
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
2012 Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Int'l Family Conference & Scientific Symposium
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Saturday, July 28, 2012

Caribe Royale All Suite Resort & Conference Center
(407) 238-8000
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
United States

Map and Directions
Any new registrations or changes should be emailed to Vicki.


The Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation is pleased to welcome you to the 2012 International Family Conference and Scientific Symposium.  This conference is designed for both scientific professionals and for families (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) and children and adults with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.  For families the most important benefit is getting to know other families who have had similar experiences and building a network to help one another.  For professionals, it is an opportunity to exchange ideas, and to have the unique experience of meeting the individuals who will ultimately benefit from the research.

The Family Conference 
July 25-28th, 2012
If you haven't previously attended this is an exciting new location which brings new adventures and memories along with educational experiences and reunions.  The 2012 Conference will offer something for all attendees, both newcomers and conference veterans.

Our 2012 theme is "Building Rays of Hope".  This symbolizes the advances our organization is making in providing a brighter future for our families.  With each new advancement, we see hope for a stronger future.

We'll have a variety of educational sessions and lots of fun stuff too.  We know that many of you will make this your family vacation so we're planning fun for everyone!  Club 22 is the new teen club just for siblings 13 and up. We are also offering a sibling field trip to Sea World Adventure Park.  Courtney's Clubhouse, a play room for all children, is returning for the second time.  There will also be different social events every night for all conference attendees to relax and meet people who can relate their struggles and successes.

:  The conference will benefit all families with a loved one affected by Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.  It is for families that have just been diagnosed and for those that may have older children or adults with PMS.  Extended family members (aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) are also encouraged to attend.  If this is your first conference or you are a conference veteran, you will learn something new and meet families that truly understand what you are going through.  Many feel like this conference is more of a "family reunion" than a conference.

New Families:
  If you are a new parent of a child with PMS or someone who has not attended a previous PMSF conference, you will find that you make friendships that last a lifetime.  This conference will be educational, stimulating, heartwarming, and very informative.  To help you get started, we will have a special orientation session for you on Wednesday, July 25, from 2pm to 5pm.  You will get to meet other new families, along with Dr. Katy Phelan.  The basics of PMS will be covered during this session.  Child care will be available through Kids Nite Out (register directly with them) during this important session.

Here is a booklet with detailed information about the conference.

The Scientific Symposium
July 25-26, 2012
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and Phelan-McDermid Syndrome...what do these disorders have in common?  What might disease-related findings tell us about the role of the Shank complex in disorders of the synapse?  What are the molecular mechanisms, underlying these disorders of the synapse?  Could potential therapeutic approaches have applications across all of these disorders of the synapse?  Join us for what will surely be lively and thought-provoking sessions addressing these questions and more.  The symposium will be a fertile field for innovation, cross-disease collaboration, and building of partnerships.  We look forward to the participation of patient advocates, investigators, decision-makers and industry.

Contact Information

  • Vicki@pmsf.org


    If you need to register, or make changes to your registration, please contact Vicki. 
    (Please keep in mind she is on the East Coast of the US, use email if possible)

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