December Update: Biofilm-related Conferences

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        Hi Everyone,

        This update is long overdue! This note is primarily about the documentary we produced, Why Am I Still Sick? a film focusing on biofilm infections and how they affect MILLIONS or people.

        I am happy to say that the film has received good reviews from patients and healthcare professionals. It is available on DVD from the film web site ( It will also be offered in Spanish, French and (simplified and traditional) Chinese; internationally in January via a distribution partner. There is also an amazing companion film, an interview between Dr. Randy Wolcott, and the (late, great) Dr. Bill Costerton, to whom the film is dedicated. “Bill’ was respected and loved worldwide and is known as the father of biofilms. This candid and warm conversation illuminates decades of microbial research and explores biofilm innovations.

        Speaking of innovations, you are all invited to Biofilm Innovations 2013 in Boston on January 30th. The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation has organized the event, partnering with the Northeastern University School of Engineering to offer a night of short films, panel discussion, audience questions, student poster board sessions and more. It will be a classy event and four biofilm-savvy docs will be there – three of whom were in the film. And it’s FREE, see the program and reg. link:

        Biofilm Innovations 2013 |

        In late January, I’ll be showing the feature film in Tampa at the 2013 Physican’s Roundtable Conference. I’d love to meet community members while there, let me know if you live in the area. Here’s more information on speakers and beefy program:


        Same goes for folks in Palm Beach, Florida, as I’ll be there February 26-March 2nd. I’ll be presenting on biofilms at the Annie Appleseed Project. Biofilms play a role in the development of some cancers, and warding off pathogenic biofilms is a big challenge for cancer patients. See:

        The Annie Appleseed Project

        There’s more, but I’ll save that for later this month. Please consider making an any-sized donation to the foundation, since we could use the funds for creating medical education videos, travel, office supplies and more:
        Donations | Arthroplasty Patient Foundation

        Thanks for being part of a caring, vibrant community. Peace and good health to you always!

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          January 28, 2013 04:38 PM Eastern Time

          The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation Announces Biofilm Innovations 2013

          Biofilm Innovations 2013

          BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to discovering the causes of chronic inflammatory diseases that lead to joint degeneration, announces Biofilm Innovations 2013, a look at chronic disease and its roots in bacterial biofilms. The conference on January 30th is hosted at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

          “This event will focus specifically on three well-known specialties affected by chronic infections, including dental, wound and orthopedic disciplines. Together, our expert panel will offer an integrated understanding of diagnosing and treating biofilm infections across the scope of the entire body.”

          Extensive research over 25 years points to bacterial biofilms, the predominant microbiological life form, as the origin of many chronic diseases like chronic wounds, sinusitis, periodontal disease and cystic fibrosis. Biofilms cause chronic disease by encasing bacteria in the body, which exploit the immune system and become resistant to traditional therapies. These chronic bacterial infections cost the U.S. more than $100 billion annually.

          “Physicians across 131 specialties grapple with enormous medical problems associated with biofilms, but these same problems cost suffering and death for millions of Americans,” explains The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation’s CEO and founder Richard Longland. “This event will focus specifically on three well-known specialties affected by chronic infections, including dental, wound and orthopedic disciplines. Together, our expert panel will offer an integrated understanding of diagnosing and treating biofilm infections across the scope of the entire body.”

          Panel experts include Garth D. Ehrlich, Ph.D, Dr. Dan Sindelar and Randy Wolcott, MD. Garth D. Ehrlich, Ph.D, is the Executive Director of the Center for Genomic Sciences. Dr. Dan Sindelar is President of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. Randy Wolcott, MD, heads the Southwest Regional Woundcare Center in Lubbock, Texas.

          Biofilm Innovations 2013 begins at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in the Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to the public and medical community.

          About The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation

          Founded in 2006 to provide support to patients suffering from joint diseases, the foundation focus and goals include discovering the root causes of chronic bacterial infections. Richard founded The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation and ADRSupport, a global community to support spine patients with advanced degenerative diseases. Richard has produced a film documenting his research entitled, “Why Am I Still Sick?”


          The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation
          Richard Longland, 617-314-5900
          info(at )


          Source: The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation Announces Biofilm Innovations 2013 | Business Wire

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            We filmed the event is HD, the BluRay (or SD) DVD is available now for purchase for $75.00. Please donate at this link:

            Donations | Arthroplasty Patient Foundation

            And the five minute trailer here:
            Donations | Arthroplasty Patient Foundation


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            During the last thirty years, medical researchers have identified startling new facts of how bacteria survive in nature, man and beast. We humans depend on biofilm communities, the predominant microbiological life form, but they sometimes work against us by contributing to chronic disease. So how do we keep these life forms in check when they cause chronic wounds? Periodontal infections? Hospital infections? And myriad other conditions that cost our country more than $100 billion annually?

            We’ll delve into these medical problems with our panel members, watch short films and invite your questions as we focus on one of America’s biggest healthcare challenges.

            5:30 to 6:30 PM:

            Welcome reception: finger foods, refreshments and networking among your hosts, faculty and panel members. Also view students’ research and poster boards on biofilm topics.

            6:30 to 7:00 PM:

            Introduction and opening remarks: Richard Longland and Tom Webster, PhD

            7:00 to 8:00 PM:

            Film shorts: three biofilm-centric videos in dental, orthopedic and wound areas. Each film is followed by commentaries from panel members.

            8:00 to 8:30 PM:

            Panel discussion: our experts bridge the gap across medical specialties and discuss a unifying method of diagnosing and treating biofilm diseases.

            8:30 to 9:00 PM:

            Question and answer: Here’s your chance to ask our panel members your tough questions on biofilms, covering all areas of human health.

            9:00 to 9:30 PM:

            Closing remarks: Tom Webster, PhD.

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