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Dear Friends of Immunodeficiency Canada,

I extend a welcome to physicians and health care professionals to join us at the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) Annual Scientific Meeting where we will be hosting a satellite symposium on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada, and at the Israeli Allergy and Clinical Immunology Annual Meeting where we will hosting a joint Symposium on Primary Immunodeficiency, December 4-6, 2014, in Haifa, Israel.

This year at the CSACI satellite symposium,  we honour the contributions to research in Primary Immunodeficiency by Drs. Bruce Mazer, Elie Haddad and Nicola Wright through presentations of the Chaim Roifman Scholar Award. The awards are for research grants restricted to the field of Primary Immunodeficiency and are available for senior scientists and young investigators.

It is our hope that our efforts in education and research will improve treatment outcomes and find cures for the more than 250 different forms of Primary Immunodeficiency. We know that our efforts in securing Newborn Screening for SCID in Ontario in 2013 have reduced suffering and saved lives, but there is still very much to do that requires your support and involvement.

We thank you for being a part of Immunodeficiency Canada.

Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer

Eye on Science
LymphoSign Journal - First issue now live!


LymphoSign Journal
 publishes novel clinical, translational, or basic research articles aimed at clinicians and scientists in the fields of immunology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, and hematology. The focus is on defining the molecular basis and treatment of various immune disorders like innate or adaptive immunodeficiency, bone marrow failure, autoimmunity and auto inflammatory disorders and lymphoid malignancies. The Journal also publishes papers that can directly and immediately improve diagnosis and management of patients, including practice guidelines and algorithms.

Check out the journal's website (and our first issue) at To submit a paper, click here.

If you are interested in subscribing to LymphoSign Journal, please e-mail

Canadian Society for Allergists and Clinical Immunologists (CSACI)
Annual Meeting - October 23-26, 2014 - Delta Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, ON

The CSACI Annual Scientific Meeting is a three-day meeting focused on providing the best educational experience for the allergy community.  It will offer our colleagues in the field of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology from Canada and around the world the opportunity to meet specialists, researchers and allied health professionals in an atmosphere conducive to medical, scientific and social interaction. The CSACI Annual Scientific meeting's main objectives are to provide current information about the diagnosis, treatment and management in allergy, asthma and immunology.  This meeting is a setting for interdisciplinary exchange among professionals and provides an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with colleagues and experts in the field.  By participating in this conference, attendees can expect to evaluate new trends, techniques, therapies and diagnostic procedures in allergy, asthma and immunology.

For more information, click here.

Immunodeficiency Canada Satellite Symposium
October 23, 2014 - Delta Ottawa Centre, Ottawa, ON

For the complete program, click here.

For registration, click here.

Upcoming Conferences

European Society for Immunodeficiences, ESID
Biennial Meeting, October 29 - November 1, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

Immunoglobulin Nursing Society, IgNS
Ig Academy, November 1, 2014, Washington, DC

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

Clinical Immunology Society, CIS

Annual Meeting, April 9-12, 2015, Houston, TX
Joint Garrod and Canadian Newborn and Child Screening Symposium

TBD 2015

Garrod/CNCSS Website

Autoimmunity Network

10th International Congress on Autoimmunity, April 6-10, 2016, Leipzig, Germany

SCID Isolation Protocols and Practices Survey

Alberta Health Services, a network member, is conducting a short online survey in order to obtain valuable information regarding Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) isolation protocols and practices in SCID treatment centres across Canada and internationally.

PI Video Conference Series


In 2008. the network created the PI Video Conference series. It has proven to be a highly valuable medium to discuss difficult cases among expert physicians across the country. Immunologists across Canada, at network sites, 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 at one of the Network SItes or Affiliated Members, or observe through webcasting.

To find out more about the PI Video Conference series and stay-up-to date on upcoming presentations, please contact

Next PI Video Conference - November 24th, 2014
The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON) presenting
Dr. Eyal Grunebaum, site contact

The PI Video Conference Series is sponsored by Grifols.

PI Community
SickKids PI Family Day - Toronto, ON - June 21, 2014
written by Wendy Shama, Social Worker

In June 2014,  we had an amazing day for children diagnosed with a Primary Immunodeficiency and their families.  Over 100 people joined us for lunch, a magic show, and a day of video games, jumping castles, air hockey, and more! This incredible day allowed us to connect these families to one another to build support networks, as well as to provide a day to focus on being together as a 'normal' family.  The feedback we received from families was overwhelmingly positiveMany thanks to Immunodeficiency Canada for their generous support!

Japreet's Art Scholarship Fundraiser - Cambridge, ON - July 6, 2014
written by Gagan Grewal, as found on "Joy for Japreet" on Facebook

Well our first fundraiser for Jap was a success. I would like to thank every individual that came and showed support. We couldn't have done it without you. A very special thank you goes out to all our wonderful volunteers. We wouldn't be able to put together an awesome fundraiser without your help. Now to the moment you have all been waiting for, after totalling the donations for t-shirts, sponsors, and donations at the event; we raised $11720.00! Thank you so very much for helping us surpass our goal of $10000. We couldn't have done this without each and every one of you. I will be posting pictures in the next couple of days. This is just the beginning of Joy for Japreet! We hope to see many more people next year:) more details to come in the near future! Thank you once again everyone!


To stay up-to-date on events and for more information, join "Joy for Japreet" on Facebook.

Guelph Plays In 12th Annual Baden Klein Cup:
The Gryphons Go Up Against Primary Immunodeficiency - and the Ryerson Rams
written by Dana Echa

The Guelph Gryphons and the Ryerson Rams played against each other for the exhibition contest. The Gryphons' men's soccer head coach Keith Mason organized the event in honour of his nephew Baden Klein, who was diagnosed with WAS (Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome) as an infant. All the proceeds to the event are going to the Immunodeficiency Canada Alastair Fund Charity, which provides funding to families dealing with financial strain due to illness from PI.



Read the whole story here.

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2014 Capital Connection Raffle Contest


ACG Capital Connection is hosting a raffle at their upcoming 2014 Capital Connection Conference, November 11-12, with proceeds going to Immunodeficiency Canada. To register, please visit

Immunodeficiency Canada appreciates the support of ACG Capital Connection.

Canadian Blood Services is appealing for much needed blood donations

"Without the help of Canadians, Canadian
 Blood Services may have difficulty meeting the expected hospital demand across the country. For patients this may mean deferring elective or routine treatments" says Mark Donnison, CBS vice-president of donor relations. In recent months extremely low attendance at blood donor clinics across Canada in combination with the constant need for blood has caused the national inventory to be used faster than it can be replenished.

Download the Giveblood app, visit or call 1 888 236 6283 to give. Blood supplies are low. Donate and help a fellow Canadian who may need life saving blood.

2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 

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The annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is on October 19, 2014, and the 
Immunodeficiency Canada team is ready. Last year, the Immunodeficiency Canada team raised over $10,000 dollars, which went toward improving treatments for patients, supporting families in crisis, education of healthcare professionals and funding Canadian researchers.

A strong team of individuals is busy training and raising funds for Immunodeficiency Canada. 100% of all donations raised will be used for patient support, education and research into a cure, in thanks to our corporate sponsorship which covers administration costs.


This year's team includes: Aidan Ablona, Dana Ewachow, Christopher Hamilton, Vivienne Hennie, Shirley Lau, Sara Macdonald, John Perl, Brenda Reid, Chaim Roifman, Richard Thompson, Joseph Vital, Claire Wichstrom, Lesley Wichstrom, and Monika Wizermann.


Click here to donate and support Immunodeficiency Canada and the team. 

Call-out for personal stories

Interested in sharing your story to help raise awareness of Primary Immunodeficiency? Send us an e-mail at 

Building a Strong PI community in Canada.

Richard Thompson, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Immunodeficiency Canada

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