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Post conference press release: ILF 2019 held in Chicago, USA

For immediate release

The 9th International Lymphoedema Framework conference was co-hosted by the American Lymphedema Framework and was the first time the international event was held in the USA.

Chicago was the venue where the 2019 International Lymphoedema Framework Conference brought together clinicians, researchers, industry providers, healthcare providers, advocacy groups and patients, with the goal of sharing knowledge and furthering lymphology for the benefit of all those affected by lymphedema and related disorders. The meeting was multidisciplinary and patient focused: with an emphasis on improving lymphedema outcomes through innovation and collaboration.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designated this live activity for a maximum of  23.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.

The 2019 conference scientific committee and faculty included an impressive roster of opinion experts in the field across a wide range of disciplines including lymphology, genetics, pathology, oncology, dermatology, surgery, imaging, psychology, wound care and more. Over the three  day event more than 72 topics were contributed from oral and poster presentations.  There were 406 delegates from 28 countries represented. All in all, it was a successful event.

Here are but a few quotes from conference delegates, speakers and committee members:


I was told by so many people that they really loved the conference. They felt that the conference was stimulating and thought provoking and they love the research evidence that helps them to improve their practice!”
Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor with Tenure
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University

I just wanted to say thank you again for everything. It was the best conference I have ever been to and I am so glad I was there! I am humbled to have been included as a speaker – truly! – and feel so fortunate to be able to work with and amongst so many brilliant, creative, caring and kind individuals.
We made many great connections (and re-connections) that will help us with the bill, and I’m so grateful to have been able to attend, speak, and have a table”.
Heather Ferguson
Founder & Executive Director, Lymphedema Advocacy Group

I have volunteered for many things in the past and this was my most enjoyable experience!  So thanks to all who made this conference the fantastic experience it was.  I am honoured to be part of this amazing group!”
Bonnie Lasinski

Thank you so much for including me in the sessions.  I feel that the presentations were very well received and it was a fantastic conference overall.”
Jay Granzow, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S

“I heard only positive comments. As a clinician, I was so motivated by the topics and the underpinning integrity”.
Julie Rodrick

One of the most positive ranges of feedbacks I personally have ever got from a conference.
Neil Piller

Dear ILF Colleagues…. I want to thank my ILF colleagues for all your hard work planning the very successful Chicago meeting. Comments by the attendees and patients I talked to were positive. It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated professionals”.

Joseph L. Feldman


The 10th International Lymphoedema Framework Conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1 – 3 October 2020. More details will be available soon at www.lympho.org – in the meantime follow ILF on social media for latest news.