The third annual Wellstone Center Muscular Dystrophy Parent/Patient Conference, presented by the Wellstone Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, at the Nationwide Children's Education Center, 575 S. 18th St., Columbus.

The third annual Wellstone Center Muscular Dystrophy Parent/Patient Conference, presented by the Wellstone Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, at the Nationwide Children's Education Center, 575 S. 18th St., Columbus.

The conference is designed to educate patients with muscular dystrophy and their families and caregivers about advances in research and future therapies/treatments, as well as independent, healthy living. Conference topics include gene therapy, genetic modifiers of disease severity in Duchene muscular dystrophy, maximizing independence, dietary needs, school advocacy, recreation, adaptive equipment, succeeding in college, driving, bone health, cardiac care, service dogs and Wellstone tours.

The conference features break-out sessions geared to patients under 7 years of age; ages 7 to 12; and teens older than 12.

Child care is available for toilet-trained children ages 3 to 6 years, and parking is available at no charge.

The Wellstone Center is a Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center and part of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Register online for the conference at NationwideChildrens. org/edu. For more information, call 614-355-0662 or email communityeducation@ nationwidechildrens.org.