GFPD Family And Scientific Conference: Warrior Camp Fellowship

Global Rare Disease Organization to Host 2024 Family and Scientific Conference to Include Fellowship Program for the Next Generation of Rare Disease Professionals

The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) has announced dates

for the 2024 GFPD Family and Scientific Conference to be held in Washington D.C. The

conference will be held May 26 – 29 with registration opening November 14, 2023. This is the

ninth major conference for the foundation that addresses issues for education, scientific research,

advocacy, and support for peroxisomal disorders, a rare group of genetic disorders affecting

approximately 2,000 births each year around the globe.

GFPD Warriors – children and adults affected by peroxisomal disorders – are at the center of the

conference, and training the next generation of professionals is a strategic priority for the

foundation explains Abby Pelster, MS-CCC-SLP, GFPD community engagement coordinator.

“I have been working with GFPD Warriors since the first GFPD conference in Omaha, Nebraska

in 2011. Our Warrior Camp Fellowship program takes the collective experience from the last

thirteen years of conferences and creates a groundbreaking pre-professional training program. It

has been an incredible experience to work with our fellows and see them go out into the world

excited about rare diseases, and ready to make an impact in their communities.”

The GFPD Warrior Camp Fellowship is an intensive training and practice program where more

than three dozen volunteer fellows oversee four days of hands-on, experiential learning and

activities for GFPD Warriors, their siblings and other children attending the conference. Fellows

will be trained by GFPD team members and a variety of professionals. Prior to the conference,

self-study modules and remote meetings will be required educational courses for fellows.

Additionally, fellows will participate in a deaf-blind simulation and learn to set up environments

for deaf-blind learners as part of on-site training.

The application portal for the Fellowship Program is open and can be found on the GFPD

website at Registration for the 2024

GFPD Family and Scientific Conference is also open for all attendees. Information about

registration can also be found on the GFPD’s website.

The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders supports families worldwide with education

and support services. Additionally, the foundation advocates for better treatment options, funds

research, and advocates for broad implementation of newborn screening around the United


For more information about the GFPD, its programs and support, visit

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