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The mission of the Center of Excellence for Bardet-Biedl Syndrome is to enrich the health and quality of life for individuals affected by BBS through compassionate interdisciplinary health care, scientific advancement and community outreach.

Dr. Robert Haws’ passionate commitment to the health and well-being of people with BBS and their families led him to create the BBS Center of Excellence here at Marshfield Clinic Health System. His passion was infectious and he recruited an interdisciplinary group of committed clinicians, scientists and support staff. An important part of the creation of the Center was making sure that it continued to exist and thrive after Dr. Haws retired.

While Dr. Haws will be missed by all of us, we are excited to announce the next phase of the BBS Center of Excellence. In the interest of sustainability and due to the growth of the Center we have formed a leadership team to continue the mission of the BBS Center. Members of the leadership team have played active roles in the BBS Center.  To learn more about the Leadership Team, please visit https://www.facebook.com/marshfieldclinic/posts/

The Clinical Registry Investigating BBS (CRIBBS) continues to grow with your support.  We now have 718 individuals in CRIBBS and more than 2600 interviews have been conducted.  This represents a lot of work on everyone’s part.  The registry makes it possible for us to examine the critical features of BBS that will make a difference in your lives.  Setmelanotide would not be approaching FDA approval in the US without CRIBBS.  Information about kidney failure, kidney transplant success, sleep patterns, dental care, seizures and so much more would not be available without CRIBBS.  Please join if you have not joined CRIBBS by signing up on our webpage at www.bbs-registry.org.  If you have joined, please continue to be available for our annual interviews.   We wish to give thanks to the BBS Foundation that has provided HUGE support to CRIBBS.

A few months ago we introduced the newest member of the CRIBBS team. Honeliz Perales is a bilingual (Spanish and English) interviewer. In addition to working with Spanish-speaking CRIBBS participants Honeliz is also helping Debbie out with English-speaking participants as well. If you are a CRIBBS participant and due for an annual interview soon you might be hearing from her.

The Center of Excellence for Bardet-Biedl Syndrome has recently started the youngest participant to date in a study investigating Setmelanotide. The participant is a child under the age of three. In research published a little more than a year ago (read the study here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijpo.12703) we found that challenges with excess weight start very early in life for most people with BBS. We are very excited about the possibility of this therapy being evaluated to address overweight and obesity in a group that stands so much to benefit.



Social Media and Community Connections

BBS Adults Facebook page

This is a place for adults who have BBS. You can connect with others who have similar experiences, support each other and share your journey through life.



Families of Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Facebook page

If you have a family member with BBS, please consider joining this page.  You can connect with other families, share information, and know that you’re not alone.



Bardet Biedl Kitchen Facebook page

Bardet Biedl Kitchen is a place to share your healthy recipes, seek nutrition advice, and eat healthier. We are open to all diet plans given our different needs. Let’s make this the best kitchen yet!



The BBS Families Store

Check out the designs at https://www.cafepress.com/bbsfamilyshop. The Families Store has T-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, hats and gifts.  All profits from the BBS store will directly support BBS Research at the Center of Excellence for BBS at Marshfield Clinic. 


BBS Family Cookbook

The BBS Family Cookbook has many healthy and delicious recipes, collected from members of the BBS community.  Try them, share them, and tell others about your favorites on the BBS Adults, Families of BBS, and Bardet Biedl Kitchen Facebook pages.  Click below to download the BBS Family Cookbook.  


Alternatively, if you wish to donate to support BBS care and research at Marshfield Clinic, you can also access the cookbook through their giving page:





NEW Login information:  Except for the BBS Sports Club (see the Sports Club listing for separate information), the Zoom login for the BBS groups has changed.  All the BBS groups will meet on the new Marshfield Clinic BBS Zoom site:

Join Zoom Meeting:

You can also join by either a cell phone or landline:

Phone number:  312-626-6799
Alternate phone number:  646 558 8656
Meeting ID:  983 923 2791

One tap mobile (this is what you can program into your contacts on your cell phone)



BBS Parents Support Group:  Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm Central Time

Please join us for the BBS parents support group this month. This group is facilitated by Maxie and David McGlohan and is geared toward parents of children with BBS from birth to age 18. But everyone is welcome to join in even if their loved one is older than 18.  We will as always discuss any topics that parents wish to discuss.  We welcome any newly diagnosed families to offer information and support.  This group is a safe place where parents can discuss any and all issues. David Sr. is a dentist and I’m a family nurse practitioner so we are very comfortable discussing dental and medical topics. We look forward to connecting with and supporting each other during these difficult times.

The group meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm Central Time, using the Marshfield Clinic Zoom site.  For more information, contact Maxie at 2themax03@gmail.com


BBS Book Night:  Friday, June 3, 7:30 pm Central Time

Moderated by Ellyn Hunter.  BBS book night meets the first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm Central Time.  The book is always available from BARD, and usually from Audible, local libraries, and possibly Bookshare.  The group uses the Zoom site for Marshfield Clinic.  This month, we will be reading With Love from London, by Sarah Jio.  Description:  When Valentina Baker was only eleven years old, her mother, Eloise, unexpectedly fled to her native London, leaving Val and her father on their own in California. Now a divorced librarian in her thirties, Val receives word that Eloise has died, leaving Val her mother's apartment and bookshop.


BBS Sports Club:  Thursdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Facilitated by Bob Stewart, the BBS Sports Club is an association of the BBS family where members love sports of all kinds.    Weekly meetings enable participants to talk sports in a fun, social way.  Meetings include contests where members compete for prizes and prestige.  BBS Sports Club meetings are via Zoom and scheduled for 5 PM to 5:45 PM (Pacific Time) every Thursday except for holidays.  Where a holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.  Those who are interested in joining the group should contact Bob Stewart at bstewart@yardarmtech.com to get the current Zoom login information.


BBS Women’s Group:  Wednesday, June 1 and 22 at 7:00 pm Central Time

This group is an informal gathering for women who have BBS, ages 25 and up.  It provides a place for sharing personal experiences, resources, and adaptive strategies, as well as for establishing interpersonal connections.  The group normally meets every third Wednesday at 7:00 pm Central Time on the Marshfield Zoom site; this month it will meet the fourth Wednesday.  For new members, before joining the group, contact Ellyn at ellynhunter@charter.net


BBS Weight Watchers Group:  Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Facilitated by Joelle Swyka, this is a weekly group for individuals who are already signed up for Weight Watchers or are thinking about signing up, and would like to get together for more support, especially since so many of us in the BBS community are struggling with weight. The meetings are a great place to share ideas, recipes, and experiences, and to support each other throughout our weight management journey.  The group meets using the Marshfield Clinic Zoom site.


BBS Adult Discussion Group:  Sunday, June 12, at 7:00 pm Central Time (moved from June 5)

This is a group for adults, both men and women, ages 25 and older.  The purpose of the group is to provide adults with BBS with a collaborative forum to share their experiences, ideas and resources with one another, as well as to create interpersonal connections.  The atmosphere is informal, and topics vary.  The group meets by the Marshfield Clinic Zoom site every third Sunday at 7:00 pm Central Time.  For new members, before joining the group, contact Ellyn at ellynhunter@charter.net

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