2024 International Annual Patient Conference


TMA is excited to introduce optional field trips for those who would like to learn even more about myositis and Baltimore while attending our 2024 International Annual Patient Conference. Three exclusive pre-conference excursions will take place on Friday, September 6.

Accessibility Information

  • Each excursion includes a tour component, so each excursion requires a degree of active participation (walking, wheeling, or similar). The Baltimore sightseeing tour is the least active excursion because it’s primarily a driving tour.
  • Each charter bus has a lift for boarding. Each bus can accommodate two passengers riding in their wheelchairs. These two wheelchairs will be tied down on the bus. Additional wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility devices can be stored in the baggage area of the bus.
  • Unfortunately, power scooters or motorized wheelchairs cannot be taken on the buses.

Registration Information

Each excursion is limited to 40 attendees. Only attendees who have registered for the conference are able to register for excursions. Excursion sign-up opens June 14, don’t delay!

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD

Depart 8:00 am ET
Return 3:30 pm ET
Cost $45 (charter bus, lunch)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, America’s research hospital, is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda. Through clinical research, clinician-investigators translate laboratory discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve the nation’s health. This excursion is a special opportunity to learn about the Clinical Center and the NIH research philosophy, with a tour that includes rehab medicine, an outpatient clinic, and inpatient units.

Preeminent experts and guest speakers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) will join us for presentations. Topics under development include:

  • Research at NIH: Discoveries and Current Studies 
  • Enrolling in a Research Study at NIH 
  • Occupational Therapy at NIH
  • PT/Physiatry at NIH
  • Biorepositories at NIH
  • Innovations in Muscle Biopsies and Imaging

Charter bus transportation and boxed lunch included. Thank you to our hosts: TMA Medical Advisory Board member and NIEHS Deputy Head of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group Dr. Adam Schiffenbauer; and, NIEHS Head of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group and Senior Clinician Dr. Lisa Rider.

Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Depart 9:00 am ET
Return 1:00/1:30 pm ET
Cost $45 (charter bus, lunch)

The world-renowned Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, a multidisciplinary clinic formally established in 2007, brings together a wide range of expertise. The program couples clinical and basic science research in the departments of Rheumatology and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. This excursion is a rare opportunity to learn about the patient experience and clinical trials at Johns Hopkins.

Attendees will tour the clinic and spend time in the OT/PT area, interacting with the leading experts in physiatry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Scientists and clinicians from Johns Hopkins faculty will discuss timely myositis topics, including emerging therapies.

Charter bus transportation and light luncheon fare included. Thank you to our hosts: TMA Medical Advisory Board members Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, Professor of Medicine and Neurology and the Director and Co-Founder of the Johns Hopkins Myositis Center; and Dr. Julie.

Sightseeing in Baltimore

Sightseeing in Baltimore

Depart 10:00 am ET
Return 12:30 pm ET
Cost $30 (charter bus, snacks and swag)

Baltimore is richly diverse, and the very best of this American city will be on display during this excursion with a custom itinerary that shows notable neighborhoods, sites, and landmarks. A knowledgeable guide will accompany TMA on our charter bus as we learn about the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Little Italy, Charles Street, Mt. Vernon, the original Washington Monument, the first Basilica in the country, Edgar Allan Poe’s grave, and the birthplace of Babe Ruth.

Most of the tour will be conducted from the bus, but we will include a stop at Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the Visitor Center and see the 10-minute film that outlines the story of the Battle of Baltimore and the Star-Spangled Banner.

Charter bus transportation and swag bag of Baltimore snacks and treats included. Thank you to our tour guide, Chris Riehl, President, Rent-A-Tour.

TMA partners are encouraged to help us expand these dynamic programs. By sponsoring an excursion, you enhance the attendee experience; facilitate local engagement of TMA attendees; and increase myositis awareness in the community and among clinicians. The opportunity includes speaking to attendees on the bus PA system, signage at excursion check-in point, and special recognition during Friday evening’s opening general session. Conference sponsorship and exhibit opportunities