2023 Marks PDSA’s 25th Anniversary – and the 23rd Annual ITP Conference!

The PDSA team looks forward to sharing in our silver anniversary celebration with you at ITP Conference 2023 – July 21-23 – at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois. Recognized as the premier patient event for those living with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), this year’s conference will once again offer attendees the unmatched experience to learn the latest information on ITP, connect with others who are coping and living with ITP, and receive answers to their medical questions. Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to interact with PDSA’s Medical Advisors and have your questions answered by these world-renowned ITP experts.

In addition to a robust educational program of general sessions and social events, our conference will feature several small group sessions to give you an opportunity to get to know other patients and caregivers in an intimate environment. We will also offer programs for children at our Kids Kamp for children ages 5-12. This year’s conference will once again provide a separate track for teens and young adults.

Topics for This Year’s Conference Include:

25 Years of ITP, Children with ITP: Treatments, School & Sports, Communicating with Your Doctor, For Women & Girls Only, Care for the Caregiver, Canadian Patient Advocacy Meeting, ITP in Seniors, Q&A For Adults with ITP, Inquire & Inspire: Patients Ask the Experts and Share Personal Journeys, and more.

Stay tuned! More information on all conference programming, presentations, and speakers coming soon.

Hotel Room Reservation Information

All conference activities will be held at the Swissôtel in downtown Chicago. Designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, Swissotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The distinctive 4-diamond, all-glass hotel offers spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, 662 guest rooms and suites, five premier ballrooms, state-of-the-art penthouse fitness center, and spotless European-style service. PDSA has secured a room rate of $165 per night for patients and caregivers.

Hotel reservations cannot be made until you have completed your conference registration.
Upon completion, you will be sent instructions for making your room reservations.

Online Registration
(or download the registration form)

Pump It Up For Platelets! Hike & Seek

Friday, July 21, 2023 • 8-9am

Start the weekend off on the right foot and join us for a special Pump It Up For Platelets! Hike & Seek city walk in downtown Chicago before ITP Conference 2023 begins. We’ll explore the city together for this fun, planned adventure, taking off from the Swissôtel. With a list of landmarks to seek and find, participants will have the opportunity to meet other conference attendees and enjoy the morning outdoors.

This event is complimentary and registration is required. The first 60 registrants will receive an exclusive Pump It Up For Platelets! t-shirt.


Saturday Night Family Fun Event - Architectural Riverboat Cruise

July 22, 2023 - 8-10:30pm
After a fulfilling day of conference programming, conference attendees and their families are invited to join us for a special 2 ½ hour architectural cruise on Chicago’s First Lady riverboat. We’ll wind our way down the Chicago River to take in the city’s legendary architecture and history, narrated by a professionally trained architectural guide; get a taste of iconic Chicago deep-dish pizza; and revel in the beauty of an exciting fireworks celebration above it all. This special boat cruise is complimentary for conference attendees and their families, but space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Family Fun Event Registration

Patients First!

ITP Conference 2023 is an in-person event. As we convene the ITP community for a weekend of learning and sharing, we ask all attendees to come prepared with their own personal safety plan.

For the protection of those attending the conference who may be at risk of infection, we strongly recommend facemasks be worn during the meeting. COVID-19 vaccination for conference participants is recommended but not mandated.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for the Conference, you must submit your request to cancel in writing prior to June 30, 2023. All fees less a $50 administrative charge will be refunded if a written request is received before the June 30th deadline. After June 30, 2023, no refunds will be issued.


If you have any questions or require assistance while completing the registration form, please contact Jody Shy at the PDSA office at (440) 746-9003 or via email at jshy@pdsa.org.

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