For years I have stayed at the Cardinal Hotel in Palo Alto. This is an old-fashioned California hotel. It has a large, high-ceilinged, tile-floor lobby with fireplace and chandeliers. There is no air-conditioning. Cooling is via ceiling fans, the old fashioned way. Early on the morning of the conference, Saturday September 29, I walked across the fantastic landscape of Stanford’s campus, passing various sculptures by Rodin, Segal and Jack Zajac. The campus is littered with sculpture. It was a beautiful early morning walk, full of anticipation.
This is the second annual patients conference sponsored by Open Medicine Foundation. This conference was well-attended, for the second year in a row. Linda Tannenbaum, the driver of this organization, related to me that “this next year is going to be very important” in terms of advances in research. The conference day was preceded by three days of collaborative research conversations. Dr. Ron Davis said that this part of the conference was expanded – in terms of participants – by 50% this year. OMF seems to want to quickly and efficiently broaden their collaborative effort, which already is yielding results.
The conference was live-streamed so that some 3,000 patients and advocates world-wide could view the day’s proceedings. I write this brief report for those who might be too ill to follow the day-long presentations.
I was pleased to see Dr. Jose Montoya at this conference. He was missing at last year’s conference.
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