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DEBRA International Congresses

DEBRA International hosts two distinct international conferences on a regular basis, an annual meeting of activists from the national DEBRA groups worldwide and a research conference, held every three years, which is an invitation-only meeting for the leading EB research teams worldwide (Read more about the research conferences in the section Research conferences).

The next DEBRA International annual congress will be held Nov 24-26, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Annual congresses

The first international congress of DEBRA groups was held in 1992 in Strasbourg (France). Congresses have been held every year since then, growing in the numbers attending, the breadth of content and length. They have taken place in Europe, South America and North America (see a list of previous conference venues).

The target audience for the annual congresses is the active workers (voluntary and paid) in the national DEBRA groups (members of DEBRA International), although interested individuals are welcome to participate as well.

The objectives of each conference are to consult the member DEBRAs on activities and priorities in the coming year, provide a briefing on major developments in clinical care and therapy development and to provide an opportunity to share experiences and achievements that may be relevant to other groups.

The General Assembly is also held as part of the conference at which members of the Executive Committee are elected.

It is expected that the national DEBRA groups will cover the cost of their delegates from locally obtained funding. However, in exceptional circumstances such as a very newly established group, some limited funding may be available from DEBRA International. For information on how to apply and an application form, please see the section Congress attendance grants.

Any DEBRA interested in hosting a future conference can obtain further information at office(at)debra-international.org.

Group picture; DEBRA International congress 2011, Groningen, Netherlands
DEBRA International congress 2011, Groningen, The Netherlands

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