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Brief History EDNF was founded in 1985 by Nancy Rogowski. Today we have over 2,000 members and 40 local branches and support groups. Mission Statement Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation creates resources for those affected by the connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We do this by * Creating and distributing accurate information * Providing a network of support and communication * Fostering and funding research EDNF is a founding member of the International Ehlers-Danlos Association Network which was created in 1997 to provide educational material and to support research on an international level. In June 1997, EDNF co-sponsored a conference in France where top medical experts from around the world met to clarify the types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome as well as the diagnostic criteria for each type. The report from this meeting was published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. The report made the diagnosis of EDS simpler and more uniform. In April 1999, EDNF sponsored a meeting at Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, "The Clinical and Biological Basis of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome". This meeting brought together researchers and clinicians from around the world in an effort to better define EDS from the molecular basis through its natural history (the presentation of the disorder over a person's lifetime). In the summer of 2002, EDNF completed its first CD ROM based educational program for emergency room physicians. To date, over 7,000 CD-ROMs have been distributed free of charge to health care professionals and individuals affected by EDS. EDNF has grown from one woman's efforts to find others with whom to share emotional support into a vital information link to and from the medical community. EDNF Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Network strive to support research and education in many ways in an effort to prevent disfigurement, crippling and premature death through early and accurate diagnosis.