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 Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Theater

Join the OI Foundation for a Regional Conference on Saturday, March 2, 2024. 

This one-day in-person event will include sessions and discussions on understanding and living with osteogenesis imperfecta. OIF Regional Conferences are great opportunities for new and long-time OI community members to learn from expert speakers and meet other individuals and families in the area. Session topics will include medical and orthopedic treatments, pain management, dental and mental health advice, as well as moderated peer to peer group discussions.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to register today!

A volunteer run Kids Room with activities will be available for children ages 2 and up.

Funding is available to cover registration costs! Please contact the OI Foundation at Bonelink@oif.org to learn more.

Please let us know when registering if you would like to use Spanish interpretation. Por favor, infórmenos al registrarse si desea utilizar la interpretación en español.

Meeting Agenda

9:00 AM— 9:15 AM Welcome Remarks
Tracy Hart, OI Foundation
Kathryn Dahir, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

9:15 AM— 10:15 AM Journey of OI
Cathleen Raggio, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery
Laura Tosi, MD, Children’s National

10:15 AM— 11:00 AM Medical Management of OI
Kathryn Dahir, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jill Simmons, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

11:00 AM — 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM— 11:45 AM Pain Management in Adults and Children
Christopher Sobey, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

11:45 AM— 12:45 PM Lunch

12:45 PM— 1:15 PM Pediatric Dentistry in OI
Margaret Maclin, DMD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

1:15 PM— 1:45 PM Building Resilience as an Advocate
Michelle Fynan, PhD, LMHC, OIF Board of Directors

1:45 PM—2:15 PM Understanding and Coping with Medical Trauma
Meghan Lacks, PhD, LMFT, Lipscomb University

2:15 PM—2:30 PM Break

2:30 PM— 4:00 PM Fostering Independence in Youth
Moderated group discussion

2:30 PM— 4:00 PM Adult Life and Independent Living*
Moderated group discussion
* Recommended for ages 16+ as some topics may be mature in nature.

Speakers will be available during lunch and throughout the day to meet with attendees and answer questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the OIF Regional Conference intended for?

OIF Regional Conferences are intended for OI community members and their families who live in the local area or region of the event. These are one-day meetings designed to provide opportunities to learn more about osteogenesis imperfecta and current treatment options. Individuals with all types and severities of OI are welcome to attend.

Will I be able to speak with experts and have my health concerns addressed?

There will be a designated time during each session for Q&A, and we encourage everyone to ask questions and participate.

Will there be information on adult OI health?

Yes! When relevant, speakers will address both adult and pediatric health concerns.

How much does the OIF Regional Conference cost to attend?

Registration for adults is $35 per person, and free for children under the age of 12. Scholarship opportunities are available for attendees to cover registration costs. Please email Bonelink@oif.org to learn more.

Is the OIF Regional Conference: Nashville, TN replacing the OIF National Conference?

No, it is not replacing the OIF National Conference. While OIF Regional Conferences have some similarities with OIF National Conferences, they are distinct programs with different goals. Regional Conferences are intended for local community members and highlight local resources and physician speakers in a shorter and more intimate meeting format.

Can I book a hotel room?

The OIF has reserved a small block of rooms at the Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt for $219/night. Complimentary breakfast and a shuttle to Downtown Nashville and Vanderbilt (based on availability) is included. Click here to book your room!

Thank you to our sponsors



March 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $35.00


Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232 United States
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