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FDRS 2019: Treatments for Fat Disorders

  • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 202 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD, 21202 United States (map)

FDRS 2019: Treatments for Fat Disorders is April 12-14, 2019 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Keynote speaker is world renowned Fat Disorder expert, Karen L. Herbst, MD, PhD


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The conference is livestream’d for FREE. There is no sign up. Click here for the link to watch the conference.

Hotel information

FDRS room block is $139/night. Click here to book your room online. Special room pricing ends March 15.

Need a handicap room? 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 through Monday, April 15, 2019. Should you wish to come early or stay late, rooms at this rate are subject to availability.

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 – 12:15 pm

Come early and stay late!  There will be opportunities for pre- and post- conference networking and research.

Research Opportunities

NEW!!! Research will occur pre-conference 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) .

Conference Topics

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

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

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Financial Assistance

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