B Informed Patient Conference 2002
A 2nd Annual Gathering
June 28 - 30, 2002
The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) was pleased to sponsor the 2nd annual B Informed 2002 the week of June 27 - 30, in collaboration with the Hepatitis B Information and Support List (HB-L). With more than double the participants this year, our offices and lecture halls were filled to the brim!
We had more than 50 people who traveled across the country to Doylestown, PA for our gathering of friends and to learn what’s new on the HBV and HBF forefronts. With speakers and participants traveling from as far away as Seattle, California, Texas, and even India, this was truly a diverse and well-rounded conference group.
The two-day program included speakers who discussed topics such as the newest drugs in the pipeline, disability and insurance issues, children and hepatitis B, and vaccine issues. The keynote speaker was Dr. Sharat Misra, a gastroenterologist from India and an active member of the HB-L. Dr. Misra gave a fascinating talk about the differences in hepatitis B management in the eastern and western parts of the world. Click here to see Dr. Misra's slide presentation.
Other distinguished speakers included our own HBF board members and medical advisors: Dr. Tom London, Director of the Liver Cancer Prevention Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center; Dr. Ken Rothstein, Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Team at Einstein Medical Center; and Dr. Tim Block, HBF President and Director of the Jefferson Center for Biomedical Research.
Representatives from Gilead and Bristol-Myers Squibb also provided the latest clinical updates about adefovir-dipivoxil and entecavir respectively.
Outside of the classroom, conference participants attended a barbecue, a boat ride down the Delaware (courtesy of HBF co-founders Jan and Paul Witte and local New Hope resident Bob Gerenser), and a great swim party at the Block residence. All in all, it was a very busy, and very successful conference!
Stay tuned for more detailed information about the conference program, including lecture notes and slides from various speakers…they will be coming soon!
Read about our first exciting patient conference where people finally had the chance to meet in person and place "screen names" with real human faces. B-Informed 2001 Conference, A First Gathering of Friends