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Educational Outreach

Attendance at medical conferences helps us to connect with doctors who may have little information about PWS, as well as to engage and learn from doctors who are already actively involved in supporting people with PWS in their countries and regions.  Hosting awareness booths at conferences enables us to share information about the services and resources we offer, including free diagnostic testing and grants to support conferences and workshops, as well as to learn about the specific challenges facing professionals around the world.

Please find below some recent examples of conferences we have attended.

With thanks to our 2024 Educational Outreach Sponsors.

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ICNC 2024, Cape Town, South Africa

Karin Clarke, IPWSO Trustee, and Dr Engela Honey, IPWSO Advisor, hosted our exhibition table at the International Child Neurologist Conference in Cape Town from 6-10 May 2024.  Approximately 850 delegates attended coming from all parts of the world including China, India, Turkey, and Pakistan. Our educational resources were well received particularly our 1-page flyer on “Does your patient have PWS?”.  IPWSO has a wide range of PWS educational resources, compiled  by  clinical experts,  and made freely available, thanks to the generousity of our sponsors and donors.


ASPAE 2024, Algiers

François Besnier and Maité Tauber represented IPWSO at the 15th Congress of the African Society for Paediatric and Adult Endocrinology in Algiers on 7 & 8 March 2024 and met with delegates from Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Kenya. They also held a 1-day meeting attracting over 37 families which provided opportunities for discussion, debate and support.

At the plenary session Maithé presented on the “Management of Prader-Willi Syndrome” and Asmahane Ladjouze, President of the Société Algérienne d’Endocrinologie et Diabétologie Pédiatrique (SAEDP), presented a paper on “A clinical follow-up of 46 Algerian patients with Prader Willi Syndrome and endocrinological profile on Prader Willi Syndrome in the Algerian population”.

Dr Fomenky, Paediatric Endocrinologist from Cameroon, reported that attendance at the conference has motivated her to train staff at her hospital to actively look for children who may be undiagnosed, and to develop a screening programme in the hospital’s post-natal unit and in nursery and primary schools.

Third Biennial Rare Diseases Conference, Rare X, Johannesburg, South Africa

Karin Clarke and Molelekeng Sethuntsa organised the IPWSO exhibition table at this event in Johannesburg from 14-17 February 2024. Molelekeng attended the conference and reported on the excellent discussions that focused on the challenges of early diagnosis, especially in Africa, centres of excellence, and ways that the Department of Health, WHO and RDI can improve detection and treatment of rare diseases. 


6th RARE Summit 2023, Cambridge, UK

Tony Holland, President, and Agnes Hoctor, Communications and Membership Manager, represented IPWSO at the 6th RARE Summit organised by Cambridge Rare Disease Network on 12 October, 2023.

MetaECHO® 2023, Global Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The 5th MetaECHO® Global Conference took place from September 18-21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It celebrated 20 years of ECHO programmes and brought together ECHO leaders, partner teams, government officials, funders, policy makers, and industry experts to share retrospective work and thoughts on the future of ECHO. Our President, Tony Holland, presented a paper on “A Global ECHO Programme for the Rare Disorder – PWS”, based on IPWSO’s Project ECHO programme.

EPNS 2023, Prague, Czech Republic

The 15th European Paediatric Neurology Society Congress (EPNS) took place from 20-24 June. Tünde Liplin, PWS Hungary, and Hana Verichová, PWS Czechia, represented IPWSO. Twenty-two people from countries including Georgia, Israel, Lithuania, Turkey, Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Netherlands, Bosnia Herzegovina, Belgium, Argentina, Norway, Serbia, India, and Australia subscribed to the “Stay in touch with IPWSO!” contact list.  Tünde reported that many people came to the stand just to inquire and chat, the majority of whom were hearing about  IPWSO and our work for the first time. 

ECE 2023, Istanbul, Turkey

The European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) took place from 13-16 May. We hosted an information table and were represented by IPWSO advisers, Constanze Lämmer and Charlotte Höybye, and also our Communications and Membership Manager, Agnes Hoctor. We were pleased to be given the opportunity to present on IPWSO and PWS at the Hub Session. The most exciting and important element for us was that the Turkish location meant that delegates came from many countries in Middle East as well as Europe.

ASPAE 2023, Yaoundé, Cameroon

We hosted an educational booth and presented at the round table on Obesity at this important Endocrinology conference hosted by the African Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE) from 9-10 February. Read our blog about our visit.

ECE 2021, Online

We hosted an educational booth and gave a presentation at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2021.

ESPE 2019, Vienna, Austria

We exhibited at the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) Conference in Vienna, Austria, which took place in September 2019. Find out more in our blog.

ECE 2019, Lyon, France

We exhibited at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2019.

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Karin Clarke, IPWSO Trustee, looking forward to meeting delegates at ICNC 2024!




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IPWSO’s representatives at ASPAE 2024, with delegates and conference organisers.











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IPWSO’s representatives at ECE 2023 join celebrations of European Hormone Day, Istanbul, Turkey.

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IPWSO Vice-President François Besnier attended ASPAE 2023 and met with ASPAE President Suzy Sap and colleagues.

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