From the beginning, RhizoKids International recognized that some of the most valuable research would come from a hands-on examination, along with long-term tracking of each child with RCDP. In order to gather this information, RhizoKids International sponsors an annual conference held in Alabama. RhizoKids International provides all meals and access to leading RCDP experts from around the world. Lodging is provided by Children’s Harbor through a generous grant funded by private donations. Any family that has a child with RCDP is invited to attend the yearly conference. Families have come from as far away as Australia and Canada, while doctors and researchers have been brought in from as far away as Austria and the Netherlands. The only expenses a family will incur to attend the conference are their traveling expenses. During the conference, scientists will present the findings from their research, and interview each family to obtain the medical history of their RCDP child. The children will also receive an individual medical exam, performed by the world’s leading RCDP researchers, including Dr. Nancy Braverman (McGill University, Canada), who is the medical liaison for RhizoKids International, Dr. Mike Bober (A. I. duPont), Hong Brereton (John's Hopkins), and Dr. Joe Hacia (University of Southern California). The 2016 RhizoKids Conference will take place July 13-17 at The Harbor Lodge, located on beautiful Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama. The Harbor Lodge is a Children’s Harbor facility, which is specifically designed to offer convenience and memorable experiences to families with special needs children. Check back here soon….a conference attendance application, as well as an information sheet for those attending will be available.