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World PI Week 2014
PID Tracker
Call for Research Proposals - Senior Investigators
Call for Research Proposals - Young Investigators
Individual Giving
2014 Events
IDF Retreats
Special Announcement
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Dear Friends of Immunodeficiency Canada,


Recently in the news you may have read about "Payment for Plasma Donors".

Immunodeficiency Canada supports "payment for plasma donors" as long as all federal requirements and safety regulations are fulfilled in the collection and processing of plasma donations. Plasma contains antibodies which are needed for the treatment of individuals with life threatening illnesses including Primary Immunodeficiency. Canada does not have an adequate supply of plasma to meet the needs of individuals requiring treatment and 70% of plasma used currently comes from the United States where "payment for plasma donors" have existed for several years.  Immunodeficiency Canada believes that "payment for plasma donors" in Canada will increase the overall supply available and help to ensure that patients receive their much needed treatments. We believe in the safety of the Canadian blood and blood product supply coordinated by Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec.



Richard Thompson, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

Immunodeficiency Canada

World Primary Immunodeficiency Week, April 22-29. 2014

World Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Week is April 22-29, 2014. Awareness and educational materials will be distributed to each of Immunodeficiency Canada's Network Sites working in Immunology. In Toronto, a World PI Week balloon launch and open house will be held April 24, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for individuals living with Primary Immunodeficiency, volunteers and healthcare professionals at Immunodeficiency Canada's new facilities at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard. Invitations will be sent shortly. Please contact us at to express your interest.

PID Tracker     


Dowanload PID Tracker - Android version

Download PID Tracker - Apple version
The PID Tracker, developed by Dr. Jason Lee of St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto) and donated to Immunodeficiency Canada, is an easy to use tool which can assist individuals on antibody replacement therapy in the management of their symptoms and treatment. Test it out now and let the developers know what you think. The official launch of the PID Tracker will take place in April 2014.

Call for Research Proposals for Senior Investigators 

The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Senior Investigators, supported by Baxter, CSL Behring, Grifols, Octapharma, and Immunodeficiency Canada


Research objectives should address one or more of the unique needs of patients with primary immunodeficiency (PI):
  • Study the clinical, cellular, and molecular characteristics of genetically determined immunodeficiency diseases
  • Discover improved diagnostic tools for PI
  • Advance novel therapeutic approaches for PI
  • Advance education of patients and medical professionals
Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 26, 2014

Please visit For Senior Investigators for full details.

Call for Research Proposals for Young Investigators   


The Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Young Investigators, supported by Baxter, CSL Behring, Grifols, Octapharma, and Immunodeficiency Canada

The purpose of the award is to support young investigators. Please note there is no specific deadline date. Applications are accepted year-round and will be reviewed within 90 days.

Please visit For Young Investigators for full details.

Conferences & Meetings

Autoimmunity Network
9th International Congress on Autoimmunity, March 26 - 30, 2014, Nice, France

Clinical Immunology Society, CIS
Annual Meeting, April 10 - 13, 2014, Baltimore, MD

Joint Garrod and Canadian Newborn and Child Screening Symposium

May 29-31, 2014, Ottawa, ON

Garrod/CNCSS Website


Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, CSACI
Annual Scientific Meeting, October 23 - 26, 2014, Ottawa, ON

European Society for Immunodeficiences, ESID

Biennial Meeting, October 29 - November 1, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, AAAAI
Annual Meeting, February 20-24, 2015, Houston, TX

Canadian Society for Immunology, CSI
Annual Meeting, June 4-7, 2015, Winnipeg, MB

Consider joining the Monthly Giving Program for 2014


You can make a donation here or sign up for the monthly giving program. Monthly giving allows you to make your charitable donation without having to worry about forms, stamps, envelopes or forgetting to give before year-end. When you sign up, each month the amount you chose is charged to your credit card. At the end of the year you receive a tax receipt for your total contributions.


With all individual donations, 100% of your dollar will be used for programs and services in thanks to our Corporate Sponsorship Program which covers administration and fundraising costs, supported by Baxter, CSL Behring, Griffols Canada and Octapharma. Thank you for your support.

2014 Events 

Rotary Club of Pickering welcomes Immunodeficiency Canada - February 25, 2014

Kim MacEachern, a parent and volunteer with Immunodeficiency Canada, and Richard Thompson, CEO, spoke with the Rotary Club of Pickering at their 7:15 AM morning meeting. The Rotary Club of Pickering's commitment to helping individuals with Primary Immunodeficiency is very much appreciated.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Pickering, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Canadian Blood Services, March 2014

Immunodeficiency Canada worked with patient and community groups including Hemophilia Canada, Kidney Foundation, Canadian AIDS Society, Guillain-Barré Syndrome Foundation of Canada, and Pride Winnipeg to name a few, to provide valuable insight and feedback into Canadian Blood Services' lifetime ban on accepting donations of blood and blood products from men who have/had sex with men. As a result of this three year consultation process, the Canadian Blood Services' lifetime ban was reduced to a ban of five years. We are honoured to have been invited to this group and to provide a voice for individuals living with Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) treated with blood products. To learn more about Canadian Blood Services, visit their website.

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 19, 2014

Marathon Logo
Join our team for the upcoming marathon. Run the full or half marathon, or run/walk the 5 km. Collect pledges for the Immunodeficiency Canada team and receive free registration. Each team member will receive a team T-shirt and gift pack.The runner/walker who raises the most funds will win a special prize! 
Interested in signing up? E-mail for more details

Weekend Retreats for Individuals Living with PI

Sponsored by the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF)  

Atlanta, GA
June 20-22, 2014
Portland, OR
September 5-7, 2014
To register for these events, please visit their website.

Special Announcement: We've moved!
Aidan Ablona, Administrative Assistant to Scientific Programs, using a workstation

Immunodeficiency Canada moved into facilities in February to provide a hub for our programs and services.

Our new address is:

Immunodeficiency Canada
Suite 1604 - 415 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2E7

Telephone: 416-964-3434
Fax: 416-964-3434

Building a Strong PI community in Canada.

Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Immunodeficiency Society

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