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REGISTER NOW: VBF 2011 Conference - Irvine, Ca.

The Vascular Birthmark Foundation
along with the

Present the 2011 Port Wine Stain and Vascular Birthmarks Conference
with Dr. J. Stuart Nelson and Dr. Martin Mihm Jr, Conference Directors


VBF is very excited to announce that despite the economy the Port Wine Stain and Vascular Birthmarks Conference will be held once again in Irvine, California on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th. This conference will take place at the Beckman Laser Institute in Irvine, and at the Island Hotel minutes away in Newport Beach, California. Families should fly into the John Wayne Airport (closest to the event). There is no shuttle to the hotel, but a bus or cab is only $20. LAX airport is another option, and flights may be cheaper to that airport, but it is a little farther and families will be responsible for getting to the hotel from the airport. For those of you flying into LAX you can take a shuttle to the John Wayne Airport from LAX and from the John Wayne Airport you can get another shuttle to the Island Hotel. There is a fee for the shuttle but it is the best way to get to the hotel if you are not renting a car or driving.


The Beckman Laser Institute, and Syneron, Inc. will be sponsors of this year’s conference.


This year, the first 50 families that register will have meals included and FREE lodging for Friday night at The Island Hotel, In addition, the conference fee is only $100 per family and this includes conference attendance and clinic appointment. Anyone who cannot pay the clinic or conference fee can request that the fees be waived. A $25 deposit is required for each family registering for the conference and this fee cannot be waived. This deposit is non-refundable.


Families attending will hear the latest on diagnosis and treatment from vascular birthmarks experts. The conference itinerary can be viewed at the link below.


There will be four clinic teams this year. The hemangioma team, the malformations of the head and neck area team, the malformations of the extremities, and the PWS team.


Participating families will receive an expert diagnosis and treatment plan that they would otherwise have a difficult time receiving. The philosophy of VBF is that families don’t ask to have a child born with a vascular birthmark and so we try to make it as affordable as possible, even providing a free night lodging on Friday evening. We raise money all year long to pay for families to attend our conference. We are the only birthmark charity group in the world that provides no cost clinic and conference participation to families who cannot afford and we are the only group that pays for lodging.


During these tough economic times, VBF is working harder to raise money so that families with children with vascular birthmarks can still attend and get an accurate treatment plan. We are very excited about research that will be presented that will help people with port wine stains have a better treatment result.


Break out sessions will occur on Friday evening so that families have time to ask the experts questions about birthmarks and special sessions run all day on Saturday to help families with insurance issues, psychotherapy sessions, make up sessions, and family support.


Free daycare is also provided. If you have any questions regarding this year’s conference please contact VBF Executive Assistant: Basia Joyce at (518) 495-3938,


To register by postal mail, please click here (pdf).


To register online, please click here


The conference itinerary can be found here