A Brighter Future

debra Care Conference for the Epidermolysis Bullosa Community


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WHEN: July 28 - 31, 2024 (with hotel stays until August 1!) 
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia (Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park)

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At the DCC, attendees will engage deeply with fellow individuals and families touched by EB, immersing themselves in shared experiences and stories in a nurturing and supportive environment. EB experts will present on a range of topics crucial to the overall health and well-being of individuals with EB, offering valuable insights into the latest advancements in research and therapies. Tailored sessions for caregivers and peer-led meet-ups are also included. Social events for all ages, as well as designated playrooms and entertainment are provided for the kids. Families who attend come back again and again, and we want to see you there! 

What to Expect:

Registration covers your hotel stay (for up to 4 people) and all-entry passes to the full conference for each member of your party, which includes: 

  • Educational sessions from global EB experts   

  • Cutting-edge research updates  

  • In-depth discussions addressing the multifaceted challenges of EB, including navigating transitions, managing financial aspects, and finding crucial emotional support 

  • Exhibitors, including top wound care manufacturers, ready to assist you 

  • Family-friendly functions and evening entertainment  

  • Complimentary meals (stay tuned for specifics) 

  • Mobile app and printed materials  

  • Designated playrooms and live shows for the kids during the span of the conference 

  • Opportunity to meet other families and individuals who share the common bond of EB and make life-long connections 

debra of America strives to make this conference accessible for as many families as possible! The registration fee charged to attendees is for the hotel stay only (and it is less than the full amount the hotel charges). debra of America covers the cost of a significant portion of each hotel room, as well as all conference activities, complete with educational sessions, entertainment, meals and playrooms. This is all made possible in thanks to our incredible sponsors and donors. 

What's New About Registration:

This year, we've implemented a tiered pricing structure that is in line with the policies of our venue, the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park. They charge more for larger groups to accommodate additional resources. Thus, our pricing structure reflects this approach. Each hotel room can accommodate a maximum of four individuals, except in cases where a family or group may have an infant with them.

Agenda

The 2024 line-up of speakers sessions, entertainment and activities will be posted on this webpage and announced via email and our Facebook page as soon as it becomes available.

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Kids Room

The DCC Kids Rooms are designated areas of the conference where kids with EB and their siblings can laugh, learn, and play together.

What to Expect in the Kids Rooms

Become a Sponsor

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Volunteer

Contribute to our planning process or at the conference itself as a volunteer!

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Contact

Email DCC@debra.org or call 212-868-1573, ext. 104 for questions or comments.

Explore Past Conferences

Watch Now! 2022 DCC Recorded Sessions Available

Over 34 sessions from our most recent debra Care Conference were recorded and are now available to watch on EBConnect.org. Topics covered include the genetics of EB, chronic wound care management, EB eye care, research updates and many more! 

Please note that you must have an EB Connect account to watch the videos. Sign up is FREE!

Access the Videos

 

2022 DCC | Denver, Colorado

This special 4-day event was held July 17-20, 2022, and offered over 57 educational lectures, panel discussions and workshops covering best practices in EB care management, strategies to address the emotional and financial challenges EB may bring, and peer-to-peer support groups for those with EB, caregivers and siblings. 68 speakers were featured, including leading EB experts across a wide range of medical specialties, national and international researchers in the EB space, and community members from across country sharing their personal insights and experiences.  

View the 2022 DCC Agenda

View Photos from the 2022 DCC:

2020 DCC | Virtual

The debra Care Conference moved to a virtual platform in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All events and session recordings from the 2020 Virtual DCC are available to view on EBConnect.org. Sign-up is free and open to all those directly impacted by EB.

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2018 DCC | Phoenix, Arizona

debra of America proudly brought together over 650 attendees from the EB Community for the debra Care Conference (DCC) on July 22-25, 2018. The world’s leading Epidermolysis Bullosa experts along with individuals and families affected by EB had an unforgettable experience of 4 days of learning, sharing and fun. Academic researchers and organizations who conducted research into treatments and a cure for EB presented their latest in EB research; bandage manufacturers & distributors demonstrated their products and services; and leading medical professionals from a range of specialties shared the best practices in EB care. Most importantly, the conference allowed those impacted by EB to meet new families and reconnect with others from around the country.

View the 2018 DCC Agenda 

View photos from the 2018 DCC

2016 DCC | Dallas, Texas

The 2016 debra Care Conference (formerly PCC) was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, just outside of Dallas. This 4-day conference was a tremendous success for the families, physicians, researchers and exhibitors in attendance. A total of nearly 600 people listened to presentations and discussions on the latest in EB care, wound care products, clinical trials, and promising research towards a cure.

View the 2016 DCC Agenda & Speakers List 

2014 DCC | Nashville, Tennessee

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Patient Care Conference, including our speakers, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make the event possible. The 2014 conference was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN, an all indoor, temperature-controlled hotel. In 2014, debra was able to provide assistance to 16 families to attend the PCC. For many, this was the first time they got to meet other families with Epidermolysis Bullosa.

View the 2014 PCC Agenda & Speakers List

Watch the 2014 PCC Video
 

2012 DCC | Orlando, Florida

At the 2012 PCC, we learned about EB, new trends in care, and heard the latest research initiatives and updates from top researchers and clinicians. This conference was held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Children enjoyed various exciting activities in the three Kids Rooms. Our attendees reconnected with families they already knew, met new ones, and saw Facebook friends in person for the first time. The debra staff had an amazing time learning and laughing with each and every one of our attendees!

View the 2012 PCC Agenda

Watch the 2012 PCC Video
 

2010 DCC | Cincinnati, Ohio

The 2010 Patient Care Conference was a collaboration between debra and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center EB clinic led by Dr. Richard Azizkhan and Dr. Anne W. Lucky. Without their help and cooperation, the conference would not have been such an outstanding success.

The first researcher to speak was John E. Wagner, M.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wagner and his team have been studying the use of stem cells to treat children with severe EB, RDEB and the junctional forms of EB, with significant successes. Dr. Wagner took questions from the audience who were pleased to get the information right from the source, as his research offers some hope towards a cure for EB. On Thursday, the speakers’ topics ran the gamut from Wound Care Advances, Camps and Recreation, Rare Disease Legislation, Sexual and Emotional Health, Cell based therapies for DEB and Insurance Issues. Hollister Wound Care sponsored a trip to the Newport Aquarium Thursday evening. Everyone loaded into our donated school buses (thank you to First Student, Inc. for your generosity) and headed to the Aquarium. Once they got inside the aquarium it was like they had stepped into a wonderland. It was such a wonderful experience that even the grownups were awestruck by some of the odd and beautiful creatures, the scary sand eels, the mesmerizing jelly fish, the stalking sharks and the ever-hilarious penguins. It was a long and memorable day, with one more day to go.

On Friday, the last day, many important topics were covered. Nutrition and EB, Pain Management, Genetic Counseling, G-Tubes, Dilatations and GI Issues. Everyone listened to the last of the researchers explain their different approaches. All are working towards the same end, a cure for EB.

This year’s experiment with individual consultations with the doctors was a success and we hope to expand the program in 2012. The Debra team along with Tim Brown were able to get lots of photos to do some new brochures and the Kids room was a success, with the kids making gifts for their Dads for Father’s Day. Everyone exchanged emails, phone numbers, and addresses and the last photos were taken. As Friday wound down one could feel the shift in mood as everyone started thinking about heading home. The next morning at Saturday’s continental breakfast we reflected on the previous few days and said our goodbyes to friends new and old alike.