On behalf of ourselves and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), we would like to welcome you to the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies ("APLA by the Beach") at the beautiful island of Galveston, TX, USA. The Island of Galveston and the UTMB campus were affected by a direct hit of hurricane Ike in September 2008. However, both the island and the campus are on the way to full recovery and promise to be even better and more beautiful than before. The meeting will take place at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, a five star fully equipped new facility. The participants will be staying at the three adjacent hotels: The San Luis Resort, the Hilton Galveston Island Resort and the Holiday Inn.
We have worked tirelessly to assemble a very busy program that includes: evidence-based presentations and state-of-the art lectures from internationally recognized authorities in the field, oral and poster presentations of submitted abstracts, and pre-congress workshops. This year we have incorporated in the program "meet the professor" sessions and patient-doctor discussion forums. We are encouraging the participation of young investigators and we are anticipating having several "Young Investigators Awards."
The conference will cover basic aspects of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) including pathogenesis, origins, genetics, intracellular and molecular events as well as traditional and non-traditional clinical manifestations associated with antiphospholipid antibodies. In addition, special sessions will be dedicated to discuss the most up-to-date knowledge on current treatments and possible future targeted therapies in APS. An important topic for discussion will be current laboratory tests and the value and significance of new assays used in the diagnosis of this syndrome.
The Social Program and the possibility of tours are also very exciting and include: dinner cruises, visit to off-shore oil platforms, excellent shopping in "Old" Galveston Strand district or at the "The Galleria" in Houston, outstanding seafood restaurants by the seawall, tours to the old mansions or the 1894 Opera House, visiting the famous Moody Gardens, NASA Space Center, hop in a cruise to the Caribbean or to the Yucatan Peninsula directly from the Port of Galveston or simply relax or swim at the beach, across the street from the Convention Center.
We are committed to an outstanding and unforgettable experience –both scientifically and socially – and that you will leave this island with excellent memories and a good "Taste of Texas".
We hope to see you among the participants of this Congress and welcome you in Galveston on April 13th-16th, 2010.
Registration & abstracts