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2021 International Annual Patient
Conference: The Power Of US!

September 10-12, 2021 (9am-5pm ET)


September 10-12, 2021







About Event

TMA invites you to our 3-day completely virtual experience featuring myositis specialists and expert presenters on everything related to myositis and its treatment. There will be educational workshops, clinical presentations, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, a multi-generational focus, patient and provider recognition, virtual social activities, exhibitors, new conference components, a HUGE TMA Announcement, and much, much more!

Event Agenda

Thursday, September 9, 2021 (Pre- Event)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Annual Patient Conference Kickoff – The Power of US!

Friday, September 10, 2021


Exhibit Hall Opens


Opening Session: The Power of US!

1:00pm 2:00pm

Breakout Sessions

  • COVID-19 and Myositis Updates
  • Parenting with Myositis
  • Staying Connected to the Myositis Community
  • Complementary Therapy - The Yoga Lifestyle
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Break - Exhibit Hall and Networking

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Myositis 101
  • Benefits of Good Nutrition and Diet
  • Understanding Benefits Eligibility (SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid)
  • Navigating the Long-Term Effects of Myositis
3:30pm – 4:00pm

Break - Exhibit Hall and Networking

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Feel Good Friday Breakout Sessions

  • Hand Therapy
  • Laughter Yoga
4:30pm – 5:00pm

Feel Good Friday Breakout Sessions

  • Blood Flow Restrictions
  • Virtual Travel Excursion
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Bingo after Dark


First Day Concludes

Saturday, September 11, 2021


Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:30am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

11:30am – 1:30pm

TMA’s Medical Advisory Board

  • Medical Advisory Board Town Hall: Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Medical Advisory Board Town Hall: Dermatomyositis/Interstitial Lung Disease/ AntiSynthetase Syndrome
  • Medical Advisory Board Town Hall: Polymyositis/Necrotizing Myopathy
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Break - Exhibit Hall, Networking, TMA’s Got Talent

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Working While Chronically Ill
  • Practicing Radical Acceptance
  • Hints and Hacks for Everyday Living:  A Show & Tell
  • Advancing Health Equity:  A Community Conversation
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Breakout Sessions

  • DM/PM/ILD – Clinical Update
  • Self-Care for the Care Partner
  • Juvenile Myositis – Transitioning to Adult Care
  • Home Modifications on Any Budget
4:30pm – 5:00pm

Break - Exhibit Hall and Networking


Second Day Concludes

Sunday, September 12, 2021


Exhibit Hall Opens

10:30am -11:30am

Breakout Sessions

  • TMA’s Women of Color – Promoting Awareness Through Encouragement, Education and Empowerment
  • Creating Collaboration: Managing your Healthcare Team
  • IBM Clinical Update
11:30am – 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions

  • T-Cell Infiltration and Inclusion Body Myositis
  • Living Your Best Life – Refocusing Your Energy
  • Complimentary Therapy - Medical Marijuana
  • Living Trust and Estate Planning
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Signs and Symptoms of Dysphagia
  • The Ins and Outs of Clinical Trials
  • Embracing Intimacy
  • Emotional Challenges of Living with Myositis and Strategies for Coping
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Meet the Board of Directors

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Closing Session


Conference Concludes


Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register. Please click on the Register button at the top of the page to begin the process.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
All sessions will be recorded, and the event will remain open 24/7 for 30 days.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. You do not need to download or install any software to participate.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a “Swag Bag” for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online Cart in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email.
After you login to the event, click on the “Auditorium” tab on the main navigation bar, click on the main screen to enter the webinar list. Live sessions will have a join button appear next to them.
Go to the Auditorium, click on the main screen to access the webinar agenda, scroll to the relevant webinar, click on the join button. (Note: Only live sessions at that time will have a join button).
The sessions will be shown in Eastern Time.