Dear Friends of the NLN,
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Board of Directors and Scientific Conference Committee invite you to attend our 11th Biennial NLN International Conference: The Campaign for Lymphedema Care: Perspectives, Evidence and Practice. The Conference will be held on September 3-7, 2014, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. The Washington Marriot’s historic landmark setting, beautifully manicured gardens and private woodlands provide the perfect backdrop for the conference, as well as a gateway to the many sites of Washington, DC. You can spend your downtime exploring attractions such as the Smithsonian Institute, the White House, the National Zoo and the Arlington Cemetery-sites that are thought-provoking and internationally relevant. As such, the nation's capitol is ideal for inspiring rich discussions in lymphedema, which can lead to meaningful changes and advances in the field of Lymphology.
In the two years since our last conference, patients in some areas of the United States have obtained improved access to therapy, increasing numbers of clinicians are receiving lymphedema certifications, and there is an unprecedented momentum in lymphatic research. Studies encompassing a wide array of topics, such as screening for breast cancer related lymphedema, head and neck lymphedema and imaging of the lymphatics, have been published in top, peer-reviewed journals. The lymphedema community, including patients, clinicians and researchers should be proud of what has been accomplished in such a short period of time.
We are honored to have
Professor Eva M. Sevick as our Keynote Speaker, who will share details of her latest research in "Imaging the Lymphatics in Action: Moving from Cause Towards Cure."
Additional research on an array of topics from measurement to treatment of lymphedema will be presented during the plenary sessions. To honor the importance that research holds to the NLN and to acknowledge exceptional individual research efforts, one Best New Investigator and one Best Career Investigator will be awarded.
Our popular instructional sessions, on a broad spectrum of topics, will again be offered pre- and mid-conference. Clinical instructional sessions include exercise, pediatric lymphedema and kinesiotaping. Medical management sessions delve into antimicrobials, nutrition, lipedema, and pre-surgical education. Zooming in on psychosocial aspects of lymphedema care are sessions that examine quality of life and self-care. Other sessions relate to navigating the challenges to successful outcomes like axillary web syndrome, shoulder dysfunction and radiation fibrosis, as well as the physician-intensive, head and neck lymphedema, compression strategies for the Advanced Therapist, and wound care essentials. Pre-conference sessions are full-day courses that comprehensively cover each specialty. Also offered will be two sessions with unique formats - a panel discussion on primary lymphedema, and case study presentations on gynecology and the torso. Last but not least, reimbursement, a political facet of lymphedema, will be explored. Your educational needs will certainly be met with such a varied offering.
The Lymph Science Advocacy Program (LSAP) reinforces the efforts of the NLN and the field of Lymphology as a whole. A group of five newly chosen delegates comprised of patient advocates and caregivers will be granted the opportunity to attend the conference so that they can share their unique perspectives. We welcome these delegates, alongside the ever-growing number of attendees from various disciplines around the world. We also would like to acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude to the industry representatives, who will exhibit product staples and reveal their latest innovations throughout the conference and without whom the conference would not be possible.
The 2014 NLN Conference provides a comprehensive program offering networking opportunities, the latest research, and educational advancement for all participants. We will celebrate Lymphology’s accomplishments to date and elevate the field to new heights. We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC.
The 2014 Scientific Committee