Welcome to the 14th Annual Cure JM National Family Conference and Walk Strong to Cure JM®,  Washington, DC

Thursday, June 29–Sunday, July 2, 2023 • Washington, DC

Conference activities begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30, and run through 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

All conference activities, including Sunday morning’s walk, will be held at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center at 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Families who book their room through the conference block will receive a discounted rate.    

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All family members of those affected by Juvenile Myositis (JM), including Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and Juvenile Polymyositis (JPM), are invited to attend.  JM patients, as well as their parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to attend.  

Join over 100 other Cure JM families and some of the world’s leading JM researchers for a spirited weekend of sharing and connecting with families, physicians, researchers, and other medical professionals. Families will learn about the latest in Juvenile Myositis research and treatments while connecting with others just like them. Connect with other JM families and forge lifelong bonds.

🎈Join live sessions on the latest updates from world-renowned researchers and physicians, including Cure JM’s Medical Advisory Board.

🎈Engage in interactive activities for JM kids and siblings of all ages.

🎈Attend our 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

🎈Join our annual National Walk Strong Across America, our staple community and fundraising event, to celebrate an incredible weekend.

Friday: Families will participate in small-group breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics of interest to Cure JM families that will begin on Friday. Registration opens at 9:00 am and sessions begin at 1:00 PM.  An appetizer buffet will be served at 6:00 PM.

Saturday: All participants are invited to attend interactive sessions with an elite group of JM experts who will give an update on the latest research and answer audience questions. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks will be provided Saturday.  Saturday evening, families will enjoy dinner and a special celebration of Cure JM’s 20th anniversary!

Sunday: Families will walk in the 8th Annual Walk Strong to Cure JM®, Washington, D.C. family fun walk to raise funds for JM research.  This is a highlight of the weekend! The walk will feature food, fun, activities including a short walk. Activities begin at 9:00 AM. The walk kicks off at 10:00 AM and begins and ends at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center. http://events.curejm.org/WalkStrongDC

Presenting JM Experts include the following:

Lisa Rider, MD, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Head of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, National Institutes of Health

Lauren Pachman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ann Reed, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Susan Kim, MD, MMSc, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Brian Feldman, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Head, Division of Rheumatology, Hospital of Sick Children

Adam Huber, MD, MSc, Professor of Pediatrics Dalhousie University

Kanneboyina Nagaraju, DVM, MVSc, PhD, Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences Benghamton University, State University of New York

Anne Stevens, MD, PhD, Senior Director, Immunology Janssen Research and Development

Lucy Wedderburn, PhD, MRCP, Director, Arthritis Research Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology University College London (UCL)

Rodolfo Curiel, MD, FACP, FACR, George Washington University, GW Myositis Center, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Susan Shenoi, MBBS, MS, RhMSUS, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Marisa Kline-Gitelman, MD, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Kaveh Ardalan, MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Jessica Neely, MD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Cure JM Center of Excellence

Rebecca Sadun, MD, PhD, Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Cure JM Center of Excellence

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