Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Key Information for Conference Attendees

PHA’s 10th International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions is right around the corner. Read on for some final information and tips about what’s happening in Orlando!

Conference Hotel Information
PHA’s 10th International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions will take place at:
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Shuttle Information
If you are staying off-site at the Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld®, SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld® or Orlando World Center Marriott, PHA will be providing shuttle services between these locations and the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. Shuttles will be available from Wednesday – Sunday for Conference attendees. Schedules for the shuttle service will be available at the front desk of each hotel upon check-in, as well as at PHA’s Conference Check-in and On-site Registration booth at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. Shuttle pick-up and drop-off will be located in the Oceans Porte-Cochere at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®.

The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® offers both valet and self-parking options. Self-parking is available for $16 per day. Valet parking is available for $21 per day. All guests driving hybrid cars recieve complimentary valet parking!

Conference Program Books
Want a head start on planning for the sessions you want to attend on-site? The Conference Program/Handout book (PDF) is now available to download on PHA’s Conference website. Use this book to view titles, descriptions and scheduled speakers for all of the sessions at Conference. The Medical Education Program Book (PDF) for medical professionals is also available to download. This separate book contains information about the Scientific Sessions and Fundamentals of PH: Continuing Education for Medical Professionals sessions.

Travel Tips
Patients are encouraged to talk to their medical care team to plan their participation in Conference. For more information on traveling with PH, tools to help with your planning and a list of local resources visit our travel tips page.

PHA Membership
Every International PH Conference attendee must be a current member of PHA to attend. If you need to renew your membership or become a new member, you can easily do so before coming to Conference by contacting 301-565-3004 x756 or Membership@PHAssociation.org. You can also check your membership status on PHA’s website if you have a user account.

Kids’ Room
Kids have fun at Conference too! PHA provides a supervised Kids’ Room for children and teens (3-16 years of age; no diapers please) who accompany their parents to Conference. Games, crafts, field trips and other fun activities have been planned. Participation in the Kids’ Room is free of charge, but Conference registration and Kids’ Room reservations are required. Visit the Kids' room page for more information or contact 301-565-3001 x800 to make reservations.

Plan to “Stick it to PH” – Participate in the Research Room
PHA’s International PH Conference provides researchers with the rare opportunity to collect information and samples from a large number of patients at one time through the Research Room. Your participation will provide researchers with a clearer understanding of pulmonary hypertension and help bring them one step closer to finding a cure.

Save time by filling out the Research Room Enrollment Form before coming to Conference! Print the form available on PHA’s website and bring it with you to the Research Room. This information can be shared by all of the researchers participating at the event, so you will only need to fill it out once to contribute to multiple research initiatives!

Research Room Hours:
Friday, June 22: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. *Updated!

Conference Connectivity
Don’t forget to follow along with Conference online as it happens!
  • Conference Blog: Read blog posts from other attendees about what they are experiencing at Conference by visiting the Conference Blog throughout Conference. Want to submit a blog post of your own? Check out the BlogosPHere in the Exhibit Hall or submit from your own computer!
  • Twitter: Let your PHriends know what a great time you are having by sending live tweets from Conference with #PHAConference. Also don’t forget to tag PHA (@short_of_breath) in your tweets!
  • Facebook: Share your excitement with others who were unable to attend! Like PHA on Facebook and share your experience by visiting PHA's Facebook page.
  • Mobile App: Gain instant access to Conference information, agendas, speakers, alerts and more by downloading the Conference mobile application to your phone! View download instructions
Be Part of PHA History with Just One Email
Stand up and be counted by contacting your senators and representative about the Tom Lantos PH Research and Education Act anytime between now and our International PH Conference in June. We’re counting each contact and will announce the results of everyone’s effort at Conference. The Conference 2012 Advocacy Challenge needs everyone whose life has been touched by PH — patients, medical professionals, family and friends, neighbors and co-workers — to take part! Together, our message to Congress will be loud and clear! Learn more and be counted. Visit the Conference Advocacy Challenge page or contact Elisabeth at 301-565-3004 x753 or ElisabethW@PHAssociation.org so our count can be complete.

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