Upcoming Alstrom Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLINIC WILL BE FOR THOSE 17 AND UP. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU BY FEBRUARY 25!

BACKGROUND

As many of you are probably aware, ASI has realized the long-held dream of establishing an Alstrom Syndrome Center of Excellence. In what we hope will be the first of several additional centers, we have been working with Clair Francomano, MD at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Clair, a longtime friend and valued colleague of Jan’s, now serves as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of ASI. To date, we have held Clinics for members of the A-Team, for pediatric patients, ages 1-11 and for adolescents, ages 12 – 17.  These early efforts are designed specifically to familiarize a team of specialists with the syndrome, its range and intensity of phenotypes, and to broaden the awareness of psycho-social issues which have been largely ignored. We have also focused on the assessment and possibilities of cochlear implantation for our kids. Another important goal has been to acquire and maintain consistent longitudinal data and to ultimately have Centers where new patients of any age can go, be supported, and avoid being confronted with ignorance about the Syndrome. Caregivers and adult patients will receive written comprehensive notes, specific recommendations, and any test results generated.

ONGOING CONSIDERATIONS

Please be aware that the resources of both ASI and GBMC are limited. Sadly, at present we can only accommodate 8-10 patient participants per Clinic, and priority will be given to NEW participants. Anyone not selected for this clinic will still be eligible to attend future age appropriate opportunities based on medical history, specific medical issues, and the availability of specialty physicians, who donate their time and expertise.

WHO: Adult or late adolescent patients

For this particular Clinic we are seeking adult or late adolescent patients, accompanied by parents or a close experienced relative such as a grandparent. We are not really set up to incorporate healthy siblings, but feel free to consult if you’re stuck.

WHEN: April 19 – 22, 2018

The clinics/consultations will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, so participants and their care-givers will arrive during the day on Thursday, April 19 and depart in the morning on Sunday, April 22.

WHERE: Marriott Towson University and Greater Baltimore Medical Center

In addition to sleeping rooms, we’ll have dedicated meeting and recreational space.

WHAT DISCIPLINES TO BE AVAILABLE

We expect the following disciplines to be available: ENT, audiology, ophthalmology, genetics, gynecology, nephrology, cardiology, endocrinology, life coaching/psychology, and gastroenterology. Part of our time will include a thorough review of cochlear implantation and its possibilities for patients with AS. During the Saturday multi-disciplinary clinic, you (or participant) will have your own examining room, and the various docs will come directly to you.

COSTS

Parent/Caregivers/Patients are ONLY responsible for transportation to and from Baltimore. ASI will cover all other costs: transportation from the airport or train station both to/from the Marriott Towson and to/from GBMC. Spacious and nicely appointed suites with either one or two bedrooms will be arranged. All meals (b/l/d) will be provided. Most will be a la carte from the restaurant menu to accommodate individual tastes. There will be a “banquet dinner” either Friday or Saturday evening depending on the availability of the professionals involved. Depending on insurance, in rare instances there may be a modest cost associated with a few tests. In previous clinics, no one has been charged more than $100 (USD).

MUST DO

If you wish to attend, you will need to provide GBMC with comprehensive medical records well AHEAD OF TIME, and you will receive specific contact info about what is needed directly from GBMC.

WHAT NEXT?

If you are interested, please contact Robin by email at robin.marshall@alstrom.org OR call him at (207) 244-7043. Due to travel plans, email is best. We need to hear from you by February 25, 2018.