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This year, we are undertaking several new activities that will be launched April. You can now find family funds created to help others with Primary Immunodeficiency on our website. Families have chosen to create funds with us because they believe that we are not only a cost effective organization, but one with the hope and the heart to best help others in need. We are very proud to recognize: the Alastair Fund, the Brooklyn Peters Memorial Fund, the Ferrante Family's Julian's Journey Fund, the Henri McKinney Fund and Japreet's Art Scholarship. For details of these funds and their personal stories please visit here
Last fall, with the help of several children, teens and parents, we started working on a very special project that will be launched during World PI Week, April 22-29, 2016. There was an amazing day where everyone came together for the same purpose. There was laughter and lots of hugs and new friendships made. You can catch glimpses of this project on our social media leading up to the official media launch coming April 23, 2016.
Immunodeficiency Canada's website now has a new permanent memorial, A Celebration of Lives, to recognize the individual lives lost with Primary Immunodeficiency. We are honoured to have your loved one submitted for inclusion. Each individual's experience with Primary Immunodeficiency has challenged physicians to strive for new answers and furthered research. This celebration of lives recognizes the silent contribution they have made.
We are stronger together. Thank you for believing in us.
Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer

Maritime Newborn Screening Program for SCID starts March 21, 2016

All newborns in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will now be screened for SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) along with 15 other disorders.

You can reach the Maritime Newborn Screening Program at:
IWK Health Centre ( map)
5850/5980 University Avenue, PO Box 9700,
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 6R8

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Free Subscription to LymphoSign Journal

Immunodeficiency Canada is proud to sponsor free subscriptions to LymphoSign Journal for all immunologists in Canada. LymphoSign Journal is an international journal that publishes novel clinical, translational, and basic research on immune disorders and their therapies. The journal is published quarterly and is of particular interest to clinicians and scientists in the fields of immunology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, and hematology. More information about the journal can be found online at
The new Lymphosign Journal Issue is expected to be online March 16th and it will be mailed out before the end of the month!
If you are a clinician working in immunology in Canada and are interested in a free subscription to the journal, please contact 

PI Webcast Series 2016
Next PI Webcasts:
Monday June 6th, Monday September 12th, November/December TBD
Hospitals presenting TBD 
The PI Webcast Series, previously called PI Video Conference Series, created in 2008, has proven to be a highly valuable medium to discuss difficult cases among expert physicians across the country. Immunologists across Canada rotate hosting video presentations in which two complex cases are presented and discussed virtually. The video conferences are a self-accredited event by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, for 1.5 hours per seminar. You can attend by using one of the Network Sites or Affiliated Members, or observe through webcasting.
To find out more about the PI Webcast series and stay-up-to date on upcoming presentations, please contact 

Immunodeficiency Canada Satellite Symposium - 3rd SCID Symposium
Held at Annual Meeting - Canadian Society for Allergists and Clinical Immunologists (CSACI)  October 21-24, 2015 - Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC
Immunodeficiency Canada Satellite Symposium - 3rd SCID Symposium held at the Annual Scientific Meeting, CSACI in Vancouver was a great success. The symposium focused on providing the best educational experience for the primary immunodeficiency community. The main objectives were to provide current information about diagnosis, treatment and management in primary immunodeficiency.

Immunodeficiency Canada and the symposium organizers would like to thank all the speakers at the 3
rd SCID symposium for making it a success. Special thanks to our keynote speaker Dr. Talal Chatila from Harvard University for giving an informative talk on LRBA deficiency.
The winners for Immunodeficiency Canada's best abstract competition for the Chaim Roifman Scholar Award are:
1stPlace Best Abstract - Adi Ovadia
2nd Place Best Abstract - Luis Murguia-Favela
3rd Place Best Abstract - Mohammed Alsalamah
This meeting was and will continue to be a setting for interdisciplinary exchange among professionals and provide an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with colleagues and experts in the field of primary immunodeficiency.
For more information, click here. 

Upcoming Conferences 
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, AAAAI
Annual Meeting, March 4-7, 2016, Houston, TX
AAAAI Website
Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association, PPTA
International Plasma Protein Congress, March 22-23, 2016, Barcelona, Spain
PPTA Website

Canadian Society for Immunology, CSI 
Annual Meeting, April 1-4, 2016, Ottawa, ON 
CSI Website  

Autoimmunity Network
10th International Congress on Autoimmunity, April 6-10, 2016, Leipzig, Germany
Autoimmunity Website
Canadian Newborn & Child Screening, CNCS
Annual Symposium, April 21-22, 2016, Ottawa, ON
CNCS Website
Clinical Immunology Society, CIS
Annual Meeting, April 14-17, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 
CIS Website  
For more conferences, please visit upcoming events  at our website.


REGISTRATION OPENS March 1, 2016 for IgNS 2016!
Immunoglobulin National Society, IgNS
5th Annual IgNS National Conference, September 15 - 18, 2016, Miami, Florida

Funding Opportunities
Canadian Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms (RDMM) - Catalyst Grant
A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded for each Catalyst grant. Model organism investigators are expected to provide evidence that they/their lab is set up to do the work proposed in a timely fashion. Where the budget for the proposed work exceeds the Catalyst grant of $25,000, applicants are required to describe what work the Catalyst grant funds will cover and how additional funds will be garnered.
For Young Investigators:
The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Young Investigators
Call for Research Proposal - Letter of Intent accepted ALL YEAR ROUND!
For Senior Investigators:
The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Young Investigators
Call for Research Proposal -Letter of Intent DEADLINE: Friday September 23, 2016.

PI Community
2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was on October 18, 2015 and the Immunodeficiency Canada team was out in full force. With a team of 19 people, everyone was bundled up for a brisk run in 2 different distances (the 5k and the half marathon). High spirits and great cheering crowds motivated everyone to the finish line.

For our fundraising, we exceeded our fundraising goal by raising over $11,000. 100% of the donations raised will be used for patient support, education and research into a cure, in thanks to our corporate sponsorship which covers administration costs.

Thank you to everyone one that supported the team and helped us reach new heights. Lastly, thank you Scotiabank for hosting another wonderful event. See everyone in 2016!
Our strong team of 19 individuals this year team included: Sravya Aluri, Wendy Bodnoff, Adam Cleveland, Dana Ewachow, Christopher Hamilton, Ivar Hamilton, Darla Jones, John Paul Jones, Abigail Krogman, Shirley Lau-Hamilton, Sara Macdonald, Brenda Reid, Chaim Roifman, Veronica Suitor, Richard Thompson, Claire Wichstrom, Garth Wichstrom, Lesley Wichstrom, and Karthika Yoganathan.

2015 Yelp Event
On November 12, 2015, Immunodeficiency Canada was honoured to be invited to the Yelp's MatriPHONY Masquerade event at the Ch√Ęteau Le Jardin in Vaughan by Gina Ferrante. This event brought together amazing food served by local businesses and show-stopping entertainment. Live performances from ballerinas and an aerialist wowed the guests. Guests came adorned in their best wedding attire for a night of fun and excitement.
The Immunodeficiency Canada team was on hand that night, helping collect donations for Julian's Journey. Julian's Journey one of Immunodeficiency Canada's family funds. The fund was created by the Ferrante Family in honour of Julian, a healthy and brave boy who was treated at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children for his Primary Immunodeficiency.
Thanks to Yelp and Gina Ferrante, Julian's Journey raised over $1000. The donations will help and support others that has primary immunodeficiency.
To learn more about Julian's Journey click here.

2015 GivingTuesday
On December 1, 2015, Immunodeficiency Canada participated in GivingTuesday for the second year in a row.
GivingTuesday is a movement that celebrates giving back after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It encourages bigger, better, and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets.
Thank you for all the support in helping us have a successful campaign that lasted till the end of the year and raising funds that will make a different in many lives. This year the donations raised were given to helping families receive grants that helped them with medical expenses for 1 month.
Thank you everyone for all the support.

2016 Ciao Bella
On the evening of February 6, 2016, Ciao Bella Dance Studio hosted a Casino Night at the Da Vinci Banquet Hall. The annual Black Tie event brought together the Italian community in Woodbridge for a night of amazing food, world class entertainment, casino games and live music. Woven masterfully together by Dana Vena, the owner of Ciao Bella Dance Studio, the night started with a wonderful meal, with a live band entertaining. World Salsa Champion Raymond and Jenalyn dazzled the crowd with 2 amazing routines, including a hip-hop routine involving trendy hoverboards.

After dinner, guests indulged in casino games, dancing, getting photo ops at the photo booth and getting their fortune told by professional astrologer Ilina Ivana Trowles. There was no shortage of entertainment.
Alongside the events of the night, there was a silent auction and a raffle for prizes generously donated by local business professionals and companies.
Thank you to Dana Vena and her team at the Ciao Bella Dance Studio for their continuous support in what we do.

Get the facts on Plasma Products

Immunodeficiency Canada supports payment for plasma as long as all federal regulations are enforced and maintained to ensure the highest safety for the patient. Immunodeficiency Canada is confident in the safety of the Canadian plasma supply coordinated by the Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec.
Click the links to see Canadian Blood Services CEO, Dr. Graham D. Sher, discuss the answers via Youtube.

Get Involved!
World PI Week: April 22-29, 2016
Raising Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment of PI Together. Be a part of a strong PI community!
World PI Week is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness and improve diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiencies (PI).

You can learn PI facts, sign the awareness petition, browse events or download resources at their website. Immunodeficiency Canada is proud to be a part of this international effort.  

Calling all Corporations!

We can help your employees and their families get diagnosed and treated for Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) - a broken or missing immune system. This insidious, deadly disease appears as common, resistant, recurring infections. PIs are under-diagnosed (70-90% undiagnosed) and treatable. One in 1200 has one according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Building awareness costs you zero dollars and provides infinite rewards. Treatment is covered in all provinces in Canada.
Let's make 2016 World PI Week (April 22-29) memorable! To find out more about the 10 Warning Signs of PI and how to become a corporate "PARTNER IN AWARENESS", contact

2016 Bidding for Health Online Auction

Coming soon is our annual online bidding experience to support kids and adults with Primary Immunodeficiency. On June 3-20, 2016 items generously donated from around the country will be up for auction. For more details about the auction, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

We have recently added a list of resources to our website for the PI community. Our Social Workers Network gathered information about resources for individuals and families affected by PI, based on what province they call home. So far, our website has resource packages for the following provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.
To see the resources, please click here.

Family Funds

Our website has a new page for our family funds. We have listed our five major family funds: the Alastair Fund, the Brooklyn Peters Memorial Fund, the Henri McKinney Fund, Japreet's Art Scholarship, and Julian's Journey Fund. We have descriptions of all of the funds, along with their stories and links for donations. To see our family funds, please click here.

Social Media
We are making some exciting connections with social media! We are using Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter to send our followers regular updates on the PI community. We have made connections with many supportive individuals, and it looks our numbers just keep growing! Recently we reached the milestone of 200 Twitter followers!
Support us on social media by adding us on Linked In, following us on Twitter, and liking our Facebook page.

Newsletter Editor: Dana Ewachow

Contributors: Richard Thompson, Shirley Lau, Karthika Yoganathan, Wendy Bodnoff

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