LATE REGISTRATION is in effect. Please visit the registration desk on-site at the Convention Center in Providence to register. This page was last updated July 22, 2013.
About the Hotel
EDNF's 2013 Conference will be headquartered at The Omni Providence in Providence, Rhode Island, Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3. The Omni Providence Hotel (formerly The Westin Providence) at One West Exchange Street features a connection to the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall; the hotel is within walking distance of plenty of things to do in Providence.
Conference events will be held in the Rhode Island Convention Center at One Sabin Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903. There is an enclosed walkway between The Omni Providence and the Convention Center.
About Travel Into and Around Providence
Please visit the 2013 Travel page for airport, train terminal, and mass transit information.
Things to Do in Providence
For tourist attractions in Cincinnati, please visit the 2013 Things to Do in Providence page.
Which meals are included?
Included in each registration are breaks and lunch on Friday, August 2, and breaks, lunch and banquet dinner on Saturday, August 3. Breakfasts are not included; there is a café at the Convention Center with breakfast options, as well as the hotel restaurants.
What about those who have special diet requirements?
We have made a few special arrangements to meet the dietary needs of those attending the conference. At all meals provided as part of the conference package, there will be vegetarian/gluten-free choices and all buffet items will include ingredient lists. The food handlers will be latex-free to accommodate for anyone with latex sensitivity.
Are there any special requirements at the conference?
Remember that many attendees have allergies and other sensitivities so please leave those delightful fragrances behind.
ScheduleThis is a general outline of events. Times and events will change; please check back for updates.
|Thursday, August 1|
Friday, August 2
|8:15–8:45am||Welcome and Announcements|
|10:45am–4:00pm||Kids & Teens Program (various times)|
Saturday, August 3
|8:15–8:30am||Welcome and Announcements|
|9:30am–4:00pm||Kids & Teens (various times)|
|Note: Conference badges must worn for all events and meal tickets presented at the door. If you wish to purchase additional meal tickets, you may do so online.|
What is the appropriate dress for the conference?
Dress at the conference includes the word comfortable! We are there to learn and to do so, you need to be in comfortable attire with any accoutrements, including needed cushions, etc. that enable you to sit and listen to our speakers.
Our night to shine is the banquet on Saturday evening. Many enjoy dressing up for the occasion; after all, we EDSers love a chance to sparkle.
Did you know medical conferences may be tax deductible?
According to the Internal Revenue Service's website at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html, "you can include in medical expenses amounts paid for admission and transportation to a medical conference if the medical conference concerns the chronic illness of yourself, your spouse, or your dependent. The costs of the medical conference must be primarily for and necessary to the medical care of you, your spouse, or your dependent. The majority of the time spent at the conference must be spent attending sessions on medical information."
Will there be recordings or transcripts available for those not able to attend the conference?
Some of our speakers and presenters offer research information that is not yet published and they have requested we not allow recording of certain sessions. EDNF respects the wishes of our speakers and can only offer information to non-attendees that they approve. When we receive notes and/or handouts from presentations and sessions that can be publicized, they will be available on the 2013 Handouts page before and after the conclusion of the Conference whenever possible.
EDNF's Learning Conference is paper-light
We are trying to reduce the amount of paper used at our conference. This is an effort to be responsible environmental stewards. Electronic program materials will replace paper and will be accessible online before, during and after the program here on the EDNF Conference website or by clicking "2013 Handouts" in the Conference menu along the left side of the page. Please be sure to print the materials you want before the conference as there will be no onsite handouts once we are in Cincinnati.
Will there be time for Q and A of our speakers?
There will be lots of time for question to our amazing speakers. Consider asking questions pertinent to many when a large audience is involved and save your more personal questions for individual opportunities with our presenters.
There will be opportunities to have short consultations on Thursday afternoon with one of our physicians. A limited number of appointments will be available and will be scheduled based on extreme need for fully registered and paid attendees, no exceptions.
For a PDF application form, click here and save the file to your computer; you can either use Adobe Acrobat or Reader to fill out the form, or print it and fill it out. You can also find this information through the "Physician Consult" link in the Conference menu.
This should not delay you from registering for the conference. The office will not be taking calls regarding the consults as they will be determined by an independent committee.
Written notice of cancellation received by EDNF headquarters on or before Monday, July 1, 2013 will result in a refund of fees paid less a $50 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, July 1, 2013. Please call to confirm receipt of your request at 703-506-2892.
Kids & Teens Program
Besides the joy of meeting and interacting with each other, the kids and teens at the conference will experience a number of fun activities including games, EDS-related crafts, and other activities—and a chance to talk to each other about everything!Web browsers, plug-ins and extensions are updated frequently, and unexpected problems can result. If you have trouble viewing or printing the PDF, download and save the PDF to your own computer or device, then read or print it through Adobe Acrobat, Reader, or your choice of programs.