FIRST National Conference-Providence
The FIRST National Conference has been postponed and is tentatively planned for June 24-26, 2022 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Christopher Boynton, FIRST's CEO summarized his views this way:
If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have said we are "all systems go" for a smaller conference with some virtual components for June 2021. However, guidance from several sources have me changing course, even considering positive vaccination news. It has always been important to have a conference where "being in a room with others who look like me" and the therapeutic nature of the bonding and camaraderie is the priority. FIRST will continue to create and execute virtual events in 2021 and, if the environment is safe later in the year, some in-person Patient Support Forums.
Highlights from past conferences: Members of FIRST come from all over the world to attend this three-day event. FIRST provides lectures by leading physicians about ichthyosis, open discussion groups and child care activities. It is a chance for people affected by ichthyosis to meet others who share similar life experiences and related issues. The friendships that are formed at the conferences last a lifetime!
- 1998 - Cherry Hill, NJ
- 1995 - San Diego, CA
- 1993 - Chicago, IL
- 1991 - Williamsburg, VA
- 1990 - Orlando, FL
- 1988 - New Haven, CT
- 1986 - New Orleans, LA
- 1985 - Las Vegas, NV
- 1984 - Washington, DC
- 1983 - Chicago, IL