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National Education Conference

Alpha-1 Conference

The 25th Annual Alpha-1 National Education Conference will be held June 24 – June 26, 2016 in Miami, Florida (for the first time ever!) at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel.

The National Conference venue is in Downtown Miami located just minutes away from Bayside Marketplace (a large waterfront shopping, entertainment and dining area), Bayfront Park, American Airlines Arena, Perez Art Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium and more!

Join us for the largest gathering of Alphas and families in the world! Don't miss the chance to meet other Alphas and speak to the leading experts on Alpha-1. The conference encourages you to network, take charge of your health and get involved in the Alpha-1 Community through local support groups, research, awareness activities and advocacy. You also get to meet our exhibitors and learn about products and services that can improve your quality of life.

The conference provides two full days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and fun activities. All registrations include meals from Thursday and Friday pre-conference events to Sunday breakfast, all educational sessions and access to the exhibit hall.

Connect with us! #A1NC16

View the Conference Flyer and Conference-at-a-Glance.

Conference Location and Hotel Reservationsplus

InterContinental Miami

Hotel Address:
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-1000 or (800) 327-3005

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your hotel room online or over the phone by calling the reservations department at (800) 327-3005.

Room Rate:
$149 per night plus tax and a $10 hotel service fee per night.

This group rate will be honored three (3) days before and after the official meeting dates based on availability of the hotel at the time the reservation is made.

Discounted Rate Deadline:
Reservations must be made on or before the cut-off date of Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in order to be eligible for the group rate.

Group Code:
If you plan to make your hotel reservations by phone, be sure to mention the group code "Alpha-1 Foundation".

Arrival and Departure:
The hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm and the check-out time is 12:00 noon. Please contact the InterContinental directly if you will need early check-in or late check-out. Rooms may not be available for early arrivals; however, all efforts will be made to accomodate those guests who arrive early.

Hotel Service Fee:
The $10 service fee per room, per night includes premium high speed internet in both the guest rooms and meeting space, access to the fitness center, two bottles of water in-room daily, poolside amenities, and other hotel services and amenities.

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:
A first night deposit is required and will be charged to your credit card. Reservations must be cancelled with the hotel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid loss of first night's deposit.

Airport and Shuttle Informationplus

Airport Information

Preferred Airport:
Miami International Airport (MIA)

Secondary Airport:
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL)

Shuttle Information

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the conference hotel and the local airports. In order to provide this service, we will need your arrival and departure information. If you have this information, please be as detailed as possible when completing your registration. If you have not booked your travel arrangements yet and will be taking advantage of the complimentary shuttle service, please be aware that we will need your travel information once it is available even if you have already submitted your conference registration.

PREFERRED AIRPORT:

There will be a complimentary shuttle to and from the InterContinental Miami and Miami International Airport (MIA). The shuttle will run the following days and times, every hour on the hour:

Wednesday, June 22nd: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 23rd: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, June 24th: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 26th: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday, June 27th: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Secondary Airport:

There will be a complimentary shuttle with limited transportation to and from the InterContinental Miami and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL). The shuttle will run the following days and times, every 1.5 to 2 hours based on varying traffic patterns:

Wednesday, June 22nd: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 23rd: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday, June 24th: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 26th: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Monday, June 27th: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please be aware that Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) is not the local airport and the travel time from FLL may vary substantially based on traffic patterns. Because of this, the shuttle arrival times can vary substantially.

Patient, Family and Caregiver Registrationplus

Register online today!

To register offline, download the registration form and send it completed to the Alpha-1 Foundation by:

  • Fax: Fax completed form ATTN: Kim Caraballo to 305-503-4629
  • Mail: Mail completed form with payment to:
    Alpha-1 Foundation, ATTN: Kim Caraballo
    3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

A printed registration form is also available in your Spring Alpha-1-to-One Magazine.

Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • Entrance to the exhibit hall
  • All Conference meals (Pre-Conference events, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast)
  • Daily beverage breaks
  • Registration bag and one copy of the final program book

Please note: Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the conference hotel and the local airports. In order to provide this service, we will need your arrival and departure information. If you have this information, please be as detailed as possible when completing your registration. If you have not booked your travel arrangements yet and will be taking advantage of the complimentary shuttle service, please be aware that we will need your travel information once it is available even if you have already submitted your conference registration.

Exhibitor and Industry Registrationplus

This conference is the world’s largest gathering of Alphas and is a great opportunity to market your products and services. Attendees are looking for information and services on a wide range of topics from medical updates and current research to support issues as well as information and products to improve health and enhance their lives living with Alpha-1. The Foundation has built time in the agenda to ensure that all attendees can interact with all the exhibitors.

All representatives of Alpha-1 industry partners and companies, including Medical Science Liaisons, must register as Exhibitors for the conference whether they will be participating in the company exhibit booth or not.

To register as an exhibitor or if you are an Alpha-1 industry representative, please contact Alexis Artiles, Marketing and Events Manager, at aartiles@alpha1.org or 877-228-7321 ext 331. 

Pre-Conference Eventsplus

Pre-Conference activities are free to conference attendees. Please be sure to mark the boxes for the pre-conference activities you will be attending on your registration form.

Thursday, June 23rd

CSL Behring's 9th Annual Walk for Breath Celebration
Registration begins at 3:00 pm
More information to come...

Friday, June 24th

Baxalta Breakfast
8:00 am - 10:00 am
More information to come...

Grifols Luncheon
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
More information to come...

Conference Agenda and Programplus

The Conference officially starts Friday, June 24th at 2:00 PM.

Don't miss the exciting general session and afternoon breakout sessions (also called "tracks")! All speakers have the ability to motivate, teach and inspire you to lead a healthy life. The sessions offer a large range of topics including Alpha-1 lung and liver, a research update, pulmonary rehab, advocacy and many more.

This year, the conference agenda will feature several Alpha-1 presentations in Spanish for the first time ever. Please stay tuned for more information!

The 2016 Conference Agenda is currently being developed and will be available soon. Once finalized, we will provide the full session agenda with timing and descriptions so you can see what sessions interest you.

View the full 2015 Conference Agenda here.

 

Sponsors and Exhibitorsplus

The 2016 Exhibitor List is currently being developed. Please check back for updates.

Things You Need to Know and FAQsplus

Free Educational Program for Nurses - Nursing CEUs 
AlphaNet is pleased to offer a free educational program for nurses. Three (3) CEU credits will be offered for nurses participating in this program. 

Kids & Teenagers 
The Alpha-1 Kids program will sponsor activities for children and teens on Saturday, June 25th. More information to come!

Oxygen Travel Fund 
The Oxygen Travel Fund provides oxygen and equipment for Alphas in financial need to travel to Alpha-1 educational events. To apply, please call (877) 228-7321 ext 251 with at least 30 days notice.

Participate in Research
Representatives of Alpha-1 research studies will be attending the conference and exhibiting to enroll those individuals interested in participating in Alpha-1 research.

Dress Code
Dress is casual for the meetings, sessions, and dinners. You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket, as the meeting rooms in the hotel can be cool.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
We ask that you please mute or turn off cell phones and other electronic communication devices during the general and breakout sessions.

Stay Informed About Updates Before the Conference
Join our Facebook event page, and follow and promote the #A1NC16 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Conference registrants will receive email updates as the conference gets closer.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions 

The hotel says there is no complimentary shuttle, but the registration form says there will be a shuttle. Is there a shuttle?

The hotel does not offer shuttle service to and from the Miami area airports, but the Alpha-1 Foundation is contracting a shuttle service that will be complimentary for conference attendees. The schedule can be found by clicking "Airport and Shuttle Information" above.

What are the parking rates at the hotel?

Day parking is $17 no in/out privileges and a validation sticker. Overnight parking is $39 with in/out privileges.

Have questions? Email aartiles@alpha1.org.

2015 National Education Conference Highlightsplus

2015 Alpha-1 National Conference opens with inspirational Appalachian Trail story, meetings with experts and session on community engagement.

Building Friends for a Cure honors community fundraisers; BFC program has raised more than $5 million over 10 years.

Thank you to our 2015 Presenting Sponsors:

  • AlphaNet
  • Baxalta
  • CSL Behring
  • Grifols

Thank you to our 2015 Lead Sponsor:

Dohmen Life Science Services

Thank you to our 2015 Exhibitors:

  • Accredo
  • BioRx
  • Coram

Thank you to our 2015 Partner:

Advanced Aeromedical

Thank you to our 2015 Non-profit Partners:

COPD Foundation

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Patient Services, Inc.

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA)

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Presenting Sponsors

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Lead Sponsors

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Exhibitors