Canadian Immunodeficiency Society NewsletterMay 2012
In This Issue
World Primary Immunodeficiency Day
Chaim Roifman Scholar Award
Position Postings
Jeffrey Modell Canadian Immunodeficiency Network Update

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We welcome Anthony Holl, CFRE, to the Canadian Immunodeficiency Society. Anthony has served in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years and comes to us with expertise in building cultures of philanthropy. He has worked with some of Canada's most respected charities including the Canadian Centre for Diversity as Chief Philanthropy Officer and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Ontario as the Executive Director for Leadership Giving. He previously served as Campaign Director for the  Toronto International Film Festival's capital campaign to build the Bell Lightbox in Toronto. 


As one of his projects, we  will be undertaking a strategic review of our brand identity to ensure our short and long term sucess as Canada's national authority on Primary Immunodeficiency.  Anthony will be conducting a series of focus groups, telephone interviews, and an electronic survey to ensure we have the input of our valued donors, sponsors, volunteers and supporters. The aim of our branding exercise is to best position our health charity and its relevance to Canadians across the country. We look forward to your valuable input during this exciting and important process. Please click on  Take this survey to participate.



World Primary Immunodeficiency Week 

April 22-29, 2012 


This year the CI Society launched World Primary Immunodeficiency Week with a series of web-ads, thanks to Google. Results have been outstanding. Our website received 112,939 hits from 9,133  individuals seeking information on Primary Immunodeficiency. Ads will continue to run throughout the year. When searching with Google watch for our ads.


10 Warning Signs every parent should know 

Primary Immunodeficiency--Does it affect you or your family?

Primary Immunodeficiency--Find out more on how it can affect you


You may have also heard our Radio Public Service Announcements play on your local station (CFNO-FM 107.1, CFUV FM 101.9, CHSB FM 99.3 among others). These announcments, produced by Howard Lopez,, promote the 10 warning signs in the context of common conversations. Hear them here: Radio Public Service Announcements


It's not too late to join the global call to action. Advocate for access to appropriate treatment.

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Chaim Roifman Scholar Award 


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Mazer of McGill University, and Director of Division Allergy & Immunology at Montreal Children's Hospital, 

is the 2012 recipient of the Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for his proposal entitled Is the defect in B-cell memory in CVID associated with impaired expression of Sema 4C?


The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award is generously supported by Baxter Bioscience, CSL Behring, Grifols Canada Ltd, and other donors.



Chaim Roifman Scholar Award

Letter of Intent due September 28, 2012


Chaim Roifman Scholar Award For Young Investigators

Application due November 2, 2012



Position posting in Pediatric Clinical Immunology

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking a clinician for a hard funded position in the Division of Pediatric Immunology. The successful candidate must have an MD, and training or experience in Clinical Immunology. Research experience in immunology, related infectious diseases, rheumatology or allergy would be an advantage.  The Department of Pediatrics, consisting of more than 60 faculty members, is situated within the IWK Health Centre, a tertiary care teaching hospital for the Atlantic provinces of Canada, serving a population of nearly two million. It is affiliated with Dalhousie Medical School and is located in the vibrant city of Halifax on the beautiful Atlantic coast of Canada.


For a full position description, please contact Dr. Thomas Issekutz, Professor and Head, Division of Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, IWK Health Centre, Phone: 902-470-8933 or Email:


Jeffrey Modell Canadian Immunodeficiency Network Update

The Jeffrey Modell Canadian Immunodeficiency Network serves as a highly respected healthcare resource across Canada fostering early diagnosis of Primary Immnodeficiency (PI). Through networking, knowledge dissemination and communication among healthcare professionals, patients and the general public, the Network can ensure that patients have access to excellent care.


Local Grants

 The Network continues to support educational or diagnostic projects to better the lives of patients with PI. Networks sites may submit a grant request by downloading Grant Application. Previous grants have funded rounds, training materials, speaking engagements and kids picnics. Grants are available for up to $5,000.


Primary Immunodeficiency Video Conference Rounds

Mark your calendar! Remaining scheduled dates for 2012 are October 22 and December 10. Case studies continue to be archived on the CI Society Physicians Only webpage. On April 16, 2012, the presenting site was the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Immunology and Allergy with Dr. Joyce Ching  presenting To Transplant or Not to Transplant and Dr. Luis Murguia presenting The Tale of Infantile Colitis and an Allergy Consult.


Enquire about becoming a Network Site or an Affiliated Member 


Network sites:

Edmonton, Capital Health, contact--Dr. Stuart Carr

Halifax, IWK Health Centre, contact--Dr. Tom Issekutz

Montreal, Montreal Children's Hospital, contact--Dr. Reza Alizadehfar

Montreal, CHU Sainte-Justine, contact--Dr. Elie Haddad

Quebec City, Hopital CHUQ-CHUL, contact--Dr. Aubert Lavoie

Toronto, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, contact--Dr. Adelle Atkinson

Vancouver [adult], St. Paul's Hospital, contact--Dr. Amin Kanani

Vancouver [paediatric], BC Children's Hospital, contact--Dr. Stuart Turvey


Affiliated members:

Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital, contact--Dr. Nicola Wright (heamatology/oncology)

London, London Health Sciences Centre, contact--Dr. Kyla Hildebrand

Montreal, Montreal General Hospital, contact--Dr. Donald C. Vinh (allergy & clinical immunology)

Ottawa, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, contact--Dr. Ann Phan Huy (heamatology/oncology)

Winnipeg, Winnipeg Health Science Centre, contact--Dr. Chrystyna Kalicinsky


For all Network enquires, please contact

Conferences & Meetings
Clinical Immunology Society, CIS
Annual Meeting, May 17 - 20, 2012, Chicago, IL

Canadian Society for Immunology, CSI
25th Annual CSI Confernece, June 15 - 18, 2012, St. John's, Newfoundland

Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, CSACI
Annual Scientific Meeting, October 11 - 14, 2012, Calgary, Alberta

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, AAAAI
Annual Meeting, February 22 - 26, 2013 San Antonio, TX



Kids & Families get together this summer
The CI Society is pleased to be sponsoring and hosting events for kids and families through St. Justine Hospital in Montreal, (date to determined), the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, July 15 and Alberta Children's Hospital, September 8. If you have received your invitation, don't forget to RSVP.


Baden Klein Cup for Charity, Sunday August 19, 2012

Join us as the University of Guelph Gryphons women's and men's soccer teams host the Ryerson Rams teams in exhibition games at Alumni Stadium, University of Guelph (College Avenue East & E Ring Rd). All proceeds from the event will go to the CI Society Alastair Fund. This fund helps families with a child in hospital. 


Adam's Game Golf Classic

Take our survey to help make Adam's Game Golf Classic an even better experience. We look forward to your comments. 

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October 14, 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonMarathon Logo

Join our team for the upcoming marathon. Run the full, half, or run/walk the 5 km. How do I sign up?  Email: Collect pledges for the CI Society team and receive a free registration. Each team member will receive a team T-shirt and gift pack.The runner/walker who raises the most funds for the CI Society will win a special prize. Team members to date: Shirley Lau, John & Deborah Perl, Brenda Reid, Chaim Roifman, Richard Thompson, Joseph Vital
Take Action for the Kids Auction
The auction, hosted through Ebay's charitable site, will offer a wide selection of items just in time for the holiday season. The auction runs December 1 - 10, 2012.


Building a Strong PI community in Canada.

Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Immunodeficiency Society

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