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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.

The CRIBBS registry continues to grow. Your continued support of CRIBBS and willingness to take part in annual interviews is leading to important discoveries about BBS. We are so grateful for your time. Hearing from you every year is very helpful, even if it feels like not a lot has changed.

Please join if you have not joined CRIBBS by signing up on our webpage at www.bbs-registry.org. We wish to give thanks to the BBS Foundation that has provided HUGE support to CRIBBS.



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.



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!



BBS Family Cookbook

The BBS Family Cookbook has lots of 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.



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.



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.


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





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 land line:

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)

3126266799,, 9839232791#
6465588656,, 9839232791#


BBS Young Adult Group:  Saturday, May 20, at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

Facilitated by Joelle Swyka.  This is a group for young adults ages 18-30.  We meet on the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.  This is a great place for younger adults who have BBS to meet and talk with others who are dealing with the same issues.  Topics will vary, but we may be sharing ideas on everything from cooking, to shopping, to managing money.  We can explore technology and adaptive tips and tricks, as well as discussing transitions in college, jobs, or careers.  The group will be meeting on the Marshfield Clinic Zoom site.  For new members, before joining the group, contact Joelle at joeswyka@gmail.com


BBS Parents Support Group:  Wednesday, May 24, 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 fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 Central Time, using the Marshfield Clinic Zoom site.  For more information, contact Maxie at 2themax03@gmail.com


BBS Book Night:  Friday, May 5, at 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 Bootlegger’s Daughter, by Margaret Maron. Description: Missing for three days, Janie Whitehead is found murdered in an abandoned mill--her baby Gayle wet and hungry beside her. Eighteen years later, Gayle determines to learn why her mother was killed. Deborah Knott, family friend, attorney, and daughter of a notorious former bootlegger, investigates, not realizing how it will jeopardize her campaign for judge.


BBS Sports Club:  Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 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 ordinarily 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 Weight Loss Group:  Saturdays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time.

Facilitated by Joelle Swyka, this is a weekly group for individuals who are using either Weight Watchers or My Fitness Pal to lose weight 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:  May 7 and 28, at 7:00 pm Central Time.

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, except when holidays conflict.  For new members, before joining the group, contact Ellyn at ellynhunter@charter.net

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