Anyone connected to a rare disease is invited to submit art for this 2020 RareARTist competition. Open to Canadian artists, as well as from anywhere in the word.

Cash prizes, an exhibition of your work online and during rare disease week in RL. Check it out!Attention all Rare Artists!

The 2020 Rare Artist contest opens for submissions on June 16th!

Anyone who is connected to the rare disease community is encouraged to submit their artwork via Facebook or email.

The Rare Artist Contest exhibits the unique gifts of individuals affected by rare disease and promotes the expression of their stories through art.

For more information please visit: rareartist.org, and stay tuned!

#RareArtist2020 #raredisease
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Dear PSC Community,

This is a difficult time. Together, we are witnessing the worst and the best in humanity, and no matter where we are, we are hurting.

PSC Partners Canada stands in solidarity with all who are fighting systemic racism, and in particular, anti-black violence. We recognize that systemic inequity is a barrier in all aspects of life, and so importantly to our mission, to accessing healthcare. As an organization with a mission to support those affected by PSC, we are using this moment to look closely at ourselves and to find ways of ensuring that we are actively reaching, engaging, and supporting all members of the PSC community.

We believe that black lives matter.

PSC Partners Canada Board of Directors: Mary Vyas, Rachel Gomel, Eve Jedzrejewska

Communications Co-Chairs: Meg Ramore, Jessica Travis
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We are saddened by these difficult times. As we all work to solve the many problems out there, PSC Partners will continue our mission to educate and support our PSC community. In that light, please join us for the COVID-19 webinar tomorrow night, 7 p.m. EDT. Visit our website for login information. links.pscpartners.org/WebinarInfo ...

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A reminder. If you have/ had/ or suspect having COVID-19, and have PSC or have had a transplant due to PSC, please complete this short survey to help us understand if and how PSC patients are affected by COVID-19. IRB approved (institutional review board to protect patients) and de-identified data will be shared with the PSC community. Thank you!Have you had or suspect having COVID-19? Please complete this brief 10-minute survey to help understand the impact of COVID-19 on PSCers. If this doesn’t apply to you, please share this notice as widely as you can, so that we don’t miss anyone! Stay safe!

To take the survey, please click here: forms.gle/hwQApfkFWJfzF7CM9
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Join us!!!We're excited to announce the 2nd Webinar in our 2020 PSC Partners Conference Series. We hope you will join us. Visit the COVID-19 page on our website for login information. bit.ly/3eq5tL2

Send questions ahead of time, by June 1st, to contactus@pscpartners.org

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The Role of Diet and Nutrition in PSC - Recruiting US PatientsThe PSC Collaborative at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital is recruiting patients with PSC for a pilot research study to investigate the role of diet and nutrition in the development and treatment of PSC. We are asking you to take part in this research study because you are an adult patient with PSC.

Please note that we do not plan to fully initiate the study until after the COVID-19 shutdowns have subsided. Non-COVID-19-related research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has slowed down, and we feel that the ongoing pandemic would have a substantial impact on the routine diet of most participants. We are introducing the study to the PSC Partners community in our efforts to keep the project moving forward. We are eager to collect the names and contact information (email/phone) of anyone who is interested in participating in the near future.

Why is this research study being done?

The study will evaluate the feasibility of two different dietary interventions – the low sulfur/vegan diet versus the specific carbohydrate diet. We believe that altering diet may have an impact on the disease by altering the microbiome, bile salts, fatty acids, immune function or other factors. The samples and information we collect in this study may advance other research to help individuals with PSC worldwide.

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

We are looking for participants with PSC and IBD between the ages of 18 and 70 years who are currently living in the United States

Participants may be referred by physicians nationwide, as the study can be conducted remotely

We plan to enroll 20 subjects

What will happen in this study?

Participants will be randomly assigned to either diet and will receive dietary education from our team of dieticians, including educational materials and recipes

The study will involve 7 remote video visits with a registered dietician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as intermittent collection of bloodwork and stool

The study will take about 14 weeks to complete

Participants will also receive a food procurement stipend of $600.

If you’d like to speak with the study team regarding any aspect of the study, please feel free to contact

us at PSCresearch@bwh.harvard.edu or at (617) 732-9481.

Thank you for your participation,

Joshua Korzenik, MD

Director, Resnek Family Center for PSC Research

Director, Crohn’s and Colitis Center

Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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The Role of Diet and Nutrition in PSC - Recruiting US PatientsThe PSC Collaborative at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital is recruiting patients with PSC for a pilot research study to investigate the role of diet and nutrition in the development and treatment of PSC. We are asking you to take part in this research study because you are an adult patient with PSC.

Please note that we do not plan to fully initiate the study until after the COVID-19 shutdowns have subsided. Non-COVID-19-related research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has slowed down, and we feel that the ongoing pandemic would have a substantial impact on the routine diet of most participants. We are introducing the study to the PSC Partners community in our efforts to keep the project moving forward. We are eager to collect the names and contact information (email/phone) of anyone who is interested in participating in the near future.

Why is this research study being done?

The study will evaluate the feasibility of two different dietary interventions – the low sulfur/vegan diet versus the specific carbohydrate diet. We believe that altering diet may have an impact on the disease by altering the microbiome, bile salts, fatty acids, immune function or other factors. The samples and information we collect in this study may advance other research to help individuals with PSC worldwide.

Who is eligible to participate in this study?

We are looking for participants with PSC and IBD between the ages of 18 and 70 years who are currently living in the United States

Participants may be referred by physicians nationwide, as the study can be conducted remotely

We plan to enroll 20 subjects

What will happen in this study?

Participants will be randomly assigned to either diet and will receive dietary education from our team of dieticians, including educational materials and recipes

The study will involve 7 remote video visits with a registered dietician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as intermittent collection of bloodwork and stool

The study will take about 14 weeks to complete

Participants will also receive a food procurement stipend of $600.

If you’d like to speak with the study team regarding any aspect of the study, please feel free to contact

us at PSCresearch@bwh.harvard.edu or at (617) 732-9481.

Thank you for your participation,

Joshua Korzenik, MD

Director, Resnek Family Center for PSC Research

Director, Crohn’s and Colitis Center

Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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Tonight 7pm EST. COVID-19 and IBD Q&A with Canadian IBD nurses. You can sign up to receive the recording as well.Join us May 21st at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET for our COVID-19 and IBD Updates webinar! ⭐️

THIS WEEK: Learn from IBD nurses dedicated to ensuring people living with IBD receive high-quality clinical nursing care. They will answer the questions they most commonly receive from their patients about COVID-19 and IBD. 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️

As always, to watch our webinar, you can register here 🔗: bit.ly/35pCYK6
Be sure to submit your questions while registering for the webinar!

Can't join us on May 21st? We encourage you to still register, as we'll be sharing a link to the video recording once it's available 💻.
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Thank you Dr. Wong-Rieger for your representation. Please take 10 minutes to watch this important address speaking to Canadian rare disease strategy and access to rare disease medications in Canada. PSC Partners Canada is one of the member organizations of CORD. ...

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PSC Partners launched their new website today! Congratulations!

Check it out! Shown here, the upgraded page directing folks to their affiliate in Canada!

www.pscpartners.org/
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#GivingTuesdayNow, today on May 5, emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.

If you are able, we hope you will support us in our efforts to find treatments and a cure for PSC. Thank you.
pscpartners.ca/how-to-donate/
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Join us this evening!Just three hours until the first in our 2020 PSC Partners Conference Webinar Series. Click here for link to login information and call-in info. See you (virtually) soon.
pscpartners.org/psc-and-covid-19/
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PSC Partners Canada! It is gratifying to be able to see results from all of our hard work.

Together: we donated, we asked our friends and family to donate, we held fundraisers. In 2016, the first PSC Partners Canada research grant was made. In 2017, the second was made, to a researcher, Dr. Yury Popov, at Harvard.

Dr. Popov has announced that results stemming from the research funded, in part, by PSC Partners Canada, have been accepted for peer-reviewed publication.

The conclusion?
"EDP-305, novel FXR agonist, potently suppresses liver injury and fibrosis in mouse models of liver disease. Compared to first-in-class drug obeticholic acid, it demonstrates favorable therapeutic profile and does not negatively impact the biliary tree. These results support clinical trials with EDP-305 in biliary diseases and NASH, and has important implications for novel drug design."

doi.org/10.1111/liv.14490
(pictured here in 2017 with PSC Partners Canada board members at AASLD)
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Join us Wed evening! And bring questions related to the intersection of PSC / COVID-19 / and psychological health.Today is the last day to submit questions for the Wednesday Webinar. Send questions to contactus@pscpartners.org.

For webinar login information, visit pscpartners.org/psc-and-covid-19/

#PSC #PSCPartners #LiverDisease
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A love letter from PSC Partners to the PSC community. Missing our annual in-person gathering! Take a moment, and enjoy some good feels. Thank you Jen for putting this together! ...

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Hey Quebecers - Does anybody have resources around employment rights in Quebec with respect to isolating? This is the situation from a follower, who has asked us to post this question: Young family member with psc/aih and currently immuno suppressed. Adult is currently working in a shop, where they are not respecting public safety measures recommended for COVID 19. They are afraid for they young PSCer. Does anyone know if you are allowed to refuse to work? Please share any resources you know of in the comments. Thank you. ...

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𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿-19 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙍𝙚𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩: 𝘿𝙤𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙃𝙤𝙩 𝙕𝙤𝙣𝙚
𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙒𝙚𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧
5 𝙥.𝙢. 𝙀𝙎𝙏, 𝙈𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝘼𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙡 27 𝙇𝙄𝙑𝙀 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙤𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙚 𝙃𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙨 𝘼𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣’𝙨 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙥𝙖𝙜𝙚

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The third webinar in our series, titled 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵: 𝘋𝘰𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘏𝘰𝘵 𝘡𝘰𝘯𝘦, will feature adult and pediatric hepatologists who will share their experience working on the frontlines at hospitals in New York City. An infectious disease specialist will also give an update on new developments in the pandemic, focusing on important news for autoimmune liver disease patients.
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What questions do you have for our presenters? Email info@aihep.org by 9 a.m. Friday, April 24 with topics you’d like to have covered.
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The Autoimmune Hepatitis Association (AIHA) is hosting this free bi-weekly webinar series called 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘖𝘝𝘐𝘋-19 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤: 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 in partnership with the Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital(CALD).
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Have you had or suspect having COVID-19? Please complete this brief 10-minute survey to help understand the impact of COVID-19 on PSCers. If this doesn’t apply to you, please share this notice as widely as you can, so that we don’t miss anyone! Stay safe!

To take the survey, please click here: forms.gle/hwQApfkFWJfzF7CM9
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During these days of so much happening online, make sure you see PSC Partners Canada content in your feed! Use the SEE FIRST option! Instructions:

Step 1: Like the PSC Partners Canada page. www.facebook.com/PSCPartnersSeekingACureCanada/

Step 2: Use SEE FIRST

On your computer:
- Go to PSC Partners Canada Facebook page
- Hover your mouse over the Following button near the cover photo
- Select See First

On your mobile device:
- Go to PSC Partners Canada Facebook page
- Click/tap the three dots (...) near the top of the page
- Select Following
- Select See First
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A great resource for PSCers everywhere. Recording available here. Thank you CALD and Autoimmune Hepatitis Association! Webinar #2: Coping with the Crisis ...

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From Voices Rock Canada, a choir of Toronto-based women physicians, a lovely and poignant message. Worth taking a moment to watch and reflect upon. With deepest gratitude to our healthcare providers.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuiqee-AC-o
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3 months ago

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I'm sure we can all use some help coping. Join CALD and AIHA in this free webinar brought to the autoimmune liver disease community.𝘾𝙊𝙑𝙄𝘿-𝟭𝟵 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙍𝙚𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩: 𝘾𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙨

𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿

𝟱 𝗽.𝗺. 𝗘𝗦𝗧, 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟯 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗶𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻’𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲

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The second webinar in our series, titled 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵: 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘴, will feature two psychologists who will provide both adult and pediatric patients and families with tips to handle these stressful times. We’ll also give a brief update on new developments in the pandemic and the latest news that autoimmune liver disease patients need to know.

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What are you struggling with most during these times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders as a patient, parent, or even a caregiver? How can we help? 𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝘀𝘆𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼@𝗮𝗶𝗵𝗲𝗽.𝗼𝗿𝗴 𝗯𝘆 𝟱 𝗽.𝗺. 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟵.

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The Autoimmune Hepatitis Association (AIHA) is hosting this free bi-weekly webinar series called 𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘖𝘝𝘐𝘋-19 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘤: 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 in partnership with the Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital (CALD).
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Looking for answers about $ in this time? Federal and provincial resources here. Thanks Professor Jennifer Robson, Carleton, for compiling and updating.

Financial support, sick leave, caregiver, unemployment + other info about benefits

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Ped PSC and AIH resources from our friends and trusted sources! thank you CALD and AIHA!We’re excited to announce the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association (AIHA) will host a free bi-weekly webinar series called Autoimmune Liver Disease and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Frontline Report.

In partnership with the Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, we’ll summarize the latest COVID-19 research and provide the most important information for patients and their families.

Our first webinar, Immunosuppression and COVID-19: Is there risk?, will be at 5 p.m. EST this coming Monday, March 30 and can be accessed using Zoom at the following link: iu.zoom.us/j/997117272. We encourage you to submit questions in advance by emailing info@aihep.org by noon on Sunday.

The webinar will give an overview of the pandemic, dig into the risks for adult and pediatric autoimmune liver disease patients, share more about the impact of taking immunosuppressants during infectious disease outbreaks, and field questions from our members.

Guest presenters include:

Aaron Ermel, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine: infectious diseases.

Alexander Miethke, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Cincinnati: pediatric hepatology and liver transplant.

Marwan Ghabril, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine: adult hepatology and liver transplant.

AIHA Executive Director Craig Lammert, M.D., a hepatologist at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Erin Anderson, Director of Programs and Advancement for the AIHA, will moderate the session.

We’ll hope you’ll consider joining us by Zoom: iu.zoom.us/j/997117272. Participants in the U.S. can also access the webinar by phone. Dial 1-312-626-6799 (meeting ID number is 997 117 272).
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PSC Connect Day! We all need extra connection in these challenging times.

Please join PSC Partners Canada for a PSC Connect Virtual Canada Meetup at PSC Partners Canada zoom room.

Today 6pm EST.

Complete this form to receive an emailed zoom room invitation. forms.gle/fUCCZSPsZ5R6UUFq6#PSCPartners2020 PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada
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In case you missed it, the March edition of the Loon Duct went out last week. You can find it on the PSC Partners Canada site

pscpartners.ca/index.php/newsletters/
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Great advice from one of Canada’s experts on isolation. “Happy Landings!” ...

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More Canadian resources about COVID-19: a webinar about COVID-19 AND IBD, from Crohn's and Colitis Canada. French subtitles will be available shortly.

bit.ly/3a0C20B.
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If you missed yesterday's webinar, we've got you covered. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, prop your feet up, and listen to three medial experts discuss PSC/IBD and COVID-19 (coronavirus).

youtu.be/UMjy2N49ij4If you missed the March 17 webinar, we've got you covered. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, prop your feet up, and listen to three medial experts discuss PSC/IBD and COVID-19 (coronavirus).
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If you missed the March 17 webinar, we've got you covered. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, prop your feet up, and listen to three medial experts discuss PSC/IBD and COVID-19 (coronavirus).
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PSC/IBD & COVID-19 (coronavirus):
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW
Free Webinar with Three Medical Experts

Join us this Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. EST, for an interactive webinar discussing the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).
PSC Partners is offering this event free-of-charge.

The three experts answering questions and providing advice are:
Dr. Gideon Hirschfield, Hepatologist, Toronto General Hospital
Dr. Josh Korzenik, Gastroenterologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Jerome Schofferman, Retired Internist and Post-Transplant PSC Patient

Use the information below to join the webinar.
Please click the link below to join via computer:
zoom.us/j/181609187

Webinar ID: 181 609 187

To call via phone in the U.S., dial US: +1-346-248-7799
To call via phone in Canada, dial 1-778-907-2071

For other international phone numbers, click here:
zoom.us/u/acHYQOceA9

BE SURE TO JOIN A FEW MINUTES EARLY, SO YOU ARE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO JOIN THE WEBINAR.
Click here for Zoom instructions, if you need help.

Please send questions in advance to: contactus@pscpartners.org.
Questions must be received by Wed., March 18, at 10 p.m. ESTPSC/IBD & COVID-19 (coronavirus):
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW
Free Webinar with Three Medical Experts

Click here for information on our website: pscpartners.org/psc-and-covid-19/

Join us this Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. EST, for an interactive webinar discussing the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD).

PSC Partners is offering this event free-of-charge. (If you can't join in person, this session will be recorded and posted on our website.)

The three experts answering questions and providing advice are:
Dr. Gideon Hirschfield, Hepatologist, Toronto General Hospital
Dr. Josh Korzenik, Gastroenterologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Jerome Schofferman, Retired Internist and Post-Transplant PSC Patient

Use the information below to join the webinar.
Please click the link below to join via computer:
zoom.us/j/181609187

Webinar ID: 181 609 187

To call via phone in the U.S., dial US: +1-346-248-7799
To call via phone in Canada, dial 1-778-907-2071

For other international phone numbers, click here:
zoom.us/u/acHYQOceA9

BE SURE TO JOIN A FEW MINUTES EARLY, SO YOU ARE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO JOIN THE WEBINAR.
Click here for Zoom instructions, if you need help.

Please send questions in advance to: contactus@pscpartners.org.
Questions must be received by Wed., March 18, at 10 p.m. EST PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada
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One of the core beliefs of this program is the power of collaboration. PSC Partners Canada is working jointly with PSC Partners to make the most of this opportunity from CZI for the PSC community everywhere.

So excited to have Priscilla Chan welcome us to the first Rare as One gathering. It may have been switched to a virtual gathering, but her message from an MD's perspective about learning from patients about rare disease is powerful!

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Timeline PhotosHow does gender influence the transplant experience? For our March Lunch & Learn, @MamathaBhat3 discusses her research on Gender Disparities in Liver Transplantation & Living Organ Donation. Register ➡️http://ow.ly/IRBE50yF4Yu

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AND NOW FOR A BIT OF GOOD NEWS...
Please mark your calendars for the 2021 PSC Partners Annual Conference, June 11-13, 2021, Boston, MA. We are excited to collaborate with Dr. Josh Korzenik, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Dan Pratt, Massachusetts General Hospital, for this event. The conference hotel is the Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA, just 19 miles from Boston’s Logan Airport.

More info. will be available soon. To ensure you're up to date on this conference and other PSC Partners news, join our email list. conta.cc/2W14oUf

SEE YOU IN BOSTON IN 2021!

#PSCPartners2021 #PSC Brigham and Women's Hospital massgeneral_ #LiverDisease
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This clinical trial for adult PSC patients is also recruiting in Canada! Alberta and Ontario. Visit the High Tide site at www.pscclinicaltrials.com/ for more specifics. Canadian site contacts are below in the comments, and can be found on clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03333928.

Talk to your doctor to see if this is for you!Check out this clinical trial that is being conducted in 22 centers for PSC. The clinical trial website has details on how to contact them.
"HTD1801, berberine ursodeoxycholate, is an oral investigational drug developed by HighTide to treat Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted HighTide “Fast Track” designation for HTD1801 in the treatment of PSC, in recognition that HTD1801 has the potential to address an unmet medical need based on data shared with the FDA. To our knowledge, HTD1801 is the only drug to receive fast track designation for PSC."

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Charitable Donations and Canadian Income Taxesby Tom Wright, CPA CA

The Loon Duct and Partners Seeking a Cure Canada do not claim to provide income tax advice to our readers, but there are some basics that you should consider, and perhaps review with your tax adviser.

Canadians donate to charities to assist them in their good works. Canadian income tax rules help us to give that assistance by allowing tax credits based on the size of our donations. These credits help us to reduce the net cash cost of a donation.

How Donations to Registered Charities Affect your Income Taxes

Donations provide tax credits, not subtractions from taxable income. Pretty democratic: your tax reduction is based solely on the size of your donation, not your income. Donors in all income tax brackets get about the same credits for their donations.

First time donor?​ If you have never donated before, you are entitled to the super credit! Your tax bill will be reduced by 40% of your donation up to $200 and 54% of up to the next $800. Your total tax reduction would be over $500 on a donation of $1,000. A great way to start a great practice.

Repeat donor?​ Donations totaling up to $250 will provide income tax reductions of about 20% in most provinces. Tax reduction on the amount of your donation over $250 will be from 45% to 50%, again depending on your province of residence.

A tip:​ Are you and your domestic partner both making charitable contributions? Consider claiming both sets of donations on one partner’s tax return: you’ll get to the $250 threshold quicker and move into the higher credit bracket sooner.

Here’s a big one: ​Are you estate planning, and want to benefit a charity or charities in your lifetime to see the benefits of your donations? Considering donating “appreciated securities”. “Securities” in this context generally means shares in a company, bonds or mutual funds listed on a recognized stock exchange. “Appreciated” means securities worth more than their “adjusted cost base”, which is basically what you paid for them plus any reinvested dividends. If you sell those securities to generate cash for a donation, you will pay income tax up to 27% on the appreciation and therefore have less money left over to donate.

However, if you give those appreciated securities directly to charity, there is no income tax on the appreciation and you will receive a donation receipt for the full value of the securities. Remember our note above? Your tax bill will be reduced by 45-50% of the donation receipt. So you will have more cash to help fulfill your other estate planning priorities.

PSC Partners Canada works with the chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation to accept such donations directly. If you or a loved one wish to make such a donation, contact us at ​contactus@pscpartners.ca and we can help you with the mechanics.

To Claim your Credit: Keep your tax receipts from donations to registered charities! If you donate to PSC Partners Canada directly (by writing a cheque payable to PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada) we will send you a receipt. If you donate online, your tax receipt will come from our partner, chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation.

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PSC Partners is hosting a Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting on Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, in Wash., D.C., area. Mark your calendars. Everyone encouraged to attend.

Additionally, we will be putting together one pediatric (either older kids or a parent) and two adult panels. Interested? Please send one-page story (approx. 500 words or less) to contactus@pscpartners.org.

Whether you're selected or not, we hope you'll come. Numbers matter, and there will be lots of opportunity to share. Questions? contactus@pscpartners.org.
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HighTide Therapeutics is currently recruiting PSC patients for this trial in Alberta and Ontario. Contacts in the comments.HighTide Therapeutics is still recruiting PSCers for their Phase 2 trial. Interested patients can contact HighTide at clinical.trials@hightidetx.com and their team will respond to help patients connect with the nearest investigator.To find out details about the trial, check out clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03333928?term=HTD-1801&draw=2&rank=4 ...

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is a great day to focus on charity, generosity, and love of others! There are things you can do to create an impact in the name of love this Valentine's, including:

❤️ Rally loved ones around a cause
💛 Send charitable dollars as sweet valentines
💚 Treat yourself

This is a perfect day to set up a recurring donation to PSC Partners or PSC Partners Canada to demonstrate your ongoing support of those affected by PSC. And to support the ultimate gift: TO FIND A CURE!

Visit this link to make your Valentine's donation:

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Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, if you have interest in how Canadian federal price controls may affect those with rare diseases, and those who need access to newly developed drugs. Live streamed starting at 12:20pm Tues Feb 4.Millions of Canadian lives are at stake as new federal medicine price controls are set to kick in. To learn more, join @durhane @tomclarkGPA @macleodscanada @DrYvesBolduc and Prof Tania Stafinski at #fightforourlives ECC panel tomorrow (Feb4): bit.ly/FightForOurLivesCanada - live streamed starting 12:20pm @ bit.ly/TheFightForOurLives #cdnpoli #PMPRB ...

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Great news!Exciting news! We're overjoyed to announce that we applied for and were accepted to be part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s #RareAsOne Network — a group of 30 patient-led organizations that are accelerating research and driving progress in the fight against rare diseases. www.RareAsOne.org
More details to come, but, for now, say it with us...Woo Hoo!
#PSC2020 #RareDisease #PSC #PSCPartners
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Today!Grab your lunch and join us for a panel presentation and discussion on Health Equity, Living Donation & Transplantation!

You're be able to submit discussion questions via Facebook Live, or just sit back and listen to the conversation. See you at 12:15!

Speakers
1. Sonali Pendharkar, Transplant Social Work: Patient Pathway (access to health services)

2. Margot Mitchell, Transplant Social Work: Income, Employment, Social Support

3. Sinthu Srikanthan, Social Work: Language, Culture, Health Literacy

4. Mridula Sury, Listed Liver Coordinator for Transplant Recipients: Patient "Non Compliance”

UHN Transplant Centre
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Public appeal for a liver donor for a PSCer in Ontario. Please share.

"Jeff Hall, my husband, is about to be added to the transplant list in Toronto and needs a living liver donor. Blood type O+ or O-. A living donor can give a piece of their liver and save his life. It grows back!"

Visit liver2savejeff.com.
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Big news! More details in the next Loon Duct!Congrats to the new human immunology research team from University Health Network, SickKids Foundation and University of Toronto and the amazing PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded study to better understand the immunology of PSC.

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
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Canadians! This is a worldwide PSC patient registry. If you haven't already, check it out!Hey, PSCers, if you're searching for a New Year's resolution, we've got a nifty one that will only take you about 30 minutes to complete.

Join the PSC Partners registry. Your data will help in the search for treatments and a cure for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Thanks a million, and happy new year!
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Charitable Donations and Canadian Income Taxesby Tom Wright, CPA CA

The Loon Duct and Partners Seeking a Cure Canada do not claim to provide income tax advice to our readers, but there are some basics that you should consider, and perhaps review with your tax adviser.

Canadians donate to charities to assist them in their good works. Canadian income tax rules help us to give that assistance by allowing tax credits based on the size of our donations. These credits help us to reduce the net cash cost of a donation.

How Donations to Registered Charities Affect your Income Taxes

Donations provide tax credits, not subtractions from taxable income. Pretty democratic: your tax reduction is based solely on the size of your donation, not your income. Donors in all income tax brackets get about the same credits for their donations.

First time donor?​ If you have never donated before, you are entitled to the super credit! Your tax bill will be reduced by 40% of your donation up to $200 and 54% of up to the next $800. Your total tax reduction would be over $500 on a donation of $1,000. A great way to start a great practice.

Repeat donor?​ Donations totaling up to $250 will provide income tax reductions of about 20% in most provinces. Tax reduction on the amount of your donation over $250 will be from 45% to 50%, again depending on your province of residence.

A tip:​ Are you and your domestic partner both making charitable contributions? Consider claiming both sets of donations on one partner’s tax return: you’ll get to the $250 threshold quicker and move into the higher credit bracket sooner.

Here’s a big one: ​Are you estate planning, and want to benefit a charity or charities in your lifetime to see the benefits of your donations? Considering donating “appreciated securities”. “Securities” in this context generally means shares in a company, bonds or mutual funds listed on a recognized stock exchange. “Appreciated” means securities worth more than their “adjusted cost base”, which is basically what you paid for them plus any reinvested dividends. If you sell those securities to generate cash for a donation, you will pay income tax up to 27% on the appreciation and therefore have less money left over to donate.

However, if you give those appreciated securities directly to charity, there is no income tax on the appreciation and you will receive a donation receipt for the full value of the securities. Remember our note above? Your tax bill will be reduced by 45-50% of the donation receipt. So you will have more cash to help fulfill your other estate planning priorities.

PSC Partners Canada works with the chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation to accept such donations directly. If you or a loved one wish to make such a donation, contact us at ​contactus@pscpartners.ca and we can help you with the mechanics.

To Claim your Credit: Keep your tax receipts from donations to registered charities! If you donate to PSC Partners Canada directly (by writing a cheque payable to PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada) we will send you a receipt. If you donate online, your tax receipt will come from our partner, chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation.

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Charitable Donations and Canadian Income Taxesby Tom Wright, CPA CA

The Loon Duct and Partners Seeking a Cure Canada do not claim to provide income tax advice to our readers, but there are some basics that you should consider, and perhaps review with your tax adviser.

Canadians donate to charities to assist them in their good works. Canadian income tax rules help us to give that assistance by allowing tax credits based on the size of our donations. These credits help us to reduce the net cash cost of a donation.

How Donations to Registered Charities Affect your Income Taxes

Donations provide tax credits, not subtractions from taxable income. Pretty democratic: your tax reduction is based solely on the size of your donation, not your income. Donors in all income tax brackets get about the same credits for their donations.

First time donor?​ If you have never donated before, you are entitled to the super credit! Your tax bill will be reduced by 40% of your donation up to $200 and 54% of up to the next $800. Your total tax reduction would be over $500 on a donation of $1,000. A great way to start a great practice.

Repeat donor?​ Donations totaling up to $250 will provide income tax reductions of about 20% in most provinces. Tax reduction on the amount of your donation over $250 will be from 45% to 50%, again depending on your province of residence.

A tip:​ Are you and your domestic partner both making charitable contributions? Consider claiming both sets of donations on one partner’s tax return: you’ll get to the $250 threshold quicker and move into the higher credit bracket sooner.

Here’s a big one: ​Are you estate planning, and want to benefit a charity or charities in your lifetime to see the benefits of your donations? Considering donating “appreciated securities”. “Securities” in this context generally means shares in a company, bonds or mutual funds listed on a recognized stock exchange. “Appreciated” means securities worth more than their “adjusted cost base”, which is basically what you paid for them plus any reinvested dividends. If you sell those securities to generate cash for a donation, you will pay income tax up to 27% on the appreciation and therefore have less money left over to donate.

However, if you give those appreciated securities directly to charity, there is no income tax on the appreciation and you will receive a donation receipt for the full value of the securities. Remember our note above? Your tax bill will be reduced by 45-50% of the donation receipt. So you will have more cash to help fulfill your other estate planning priorities.

PSC Partners Canada works with the chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation to accept such donations directly. If you or a loved one wish to make such a donation, contact us at ​contactus@pscpartners.ca and we can help you with the mechanics.

To Claim your Credit: Keep your tax receipts from donations to registered charities! If you donate to PSC Partners Canada directly (by writing a cheque payable to PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada) we will send you a receipt. If you donate online, your tax receipt will come from our partner, chimp:Charitable Impact Foundation.

PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada, 3 - 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, M5A 2B7
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On the fourth day of Christmas...

Please consider a donation to PSC Partners Canada to enable researchers to find a cure and to make the year-end challenge matching grant of $30,000! pscpartners.ca/35-2/ to see ways to donate!

From our hilarious Canadian friend/author/PSC and transplant advocate, Laura Bradbury:

The Twelve Days of Christmas for PSCers

1. Subscription to Disney + (can anyone say Star Wars Marathon, plus who can feel bad when Baby Yoda is on the screen?)

2. Red or Camouflage bed-sheets for when the night itching gets bad

3. A journal so you can write about your worries, but especially your hopes and dreams

4. A donation to PSC Partners Canada to enable researchers to find a cure and to make the year-end challenge matching grant of $30,000! my.charitableimpact.com/campaigns/psc-partners-
canada-year-end-campaign

5. An afternoon laughing so hard with old friends that your stomach hurts, in a good way

6. A massive electric heating pad (life saver for All The PSC Aches)

7. A sugar cookie, because living with PSC can be hard and we deserve a treat

8. An indulgent bath complete with Epsom Salts, candles, and a lock on the door

9. Books on Hygge – the Scandinavian “cozy culture” – perfect for “spoonies”

10. A large, beautiful mug for coffee (good for your liver!), tea, but hopefully not Lactulose (save your ugliest plastic glasses for that)

11. An appreciation of the ridiculous and a twisted sense of humor for certain medical situations (i.e. colonoscopy prep… “Go-litely” is the biggest misnomer out there)

12. Taking five minutes to sign up for the PSC registry to ensure researchers get and stay interested in finding better treatments or indeed a cure for PSC. Just click here: pscpartners.patientcrossroads.org/

Any other ideas?

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There are two clinical trials for PSC patients recruiting or soon-to-be recruiting in Canada! More info at www.pscpartners.ca/clinical-trials. Speak to your doctor if you are interested in finding out if your are eligible.

If you would like to receive direct notice to your email inbox of clinical trials for which you may be eligible, please consider joining the PSC Partners Patient Registry www.pscpartnersregistry.org
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Giving Tuesday is tomorrow! Dubbed “Opening day of the giving season”, it’s a time where charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community has come together for GivingTuesday.

Our year-end season has been issued a matching challenge grant! Gifts to PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Canada by 3/31/2019 will be matched, up to $30,000!

Please consider donating here: my.charitableimpact.com/campaigns/psc-partners-canada-year-end-campaign

And if you'd like to kick off your own campaign this year, visit www.pscpartners.ca/fundraising for a toolkit to help!
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Canada PSC people - the 2nd issue of the Loon Duct is about to go out. Please join the Canada mailing list here! Good information coming about how to help us meet our year-end fundraising goal! We'll need all the help we can get to make the matching grant challenge!

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On September 29th PSC Partners Canada hosted a Meetup in Toronto, Ontario. Attendees from all over Ontario were joined by guest speakers Dr. Gideon Hirschfield, from the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease at Toronto General Hospital and Dr. Sonya MacParland, UHN Researcher. Albert Fung from the Toronto Video Atlas of Surgery also attended and provided attendees with a rare opportunity to take part in a virtual liver experience. The meetup was a great success with help from our many volunteers and our sponsors: CymaBay Theraputics, Turtledove Bakery, Passion for Desserts and the Centre for Social Innovation. ...

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We are trying something new for this year's end-of-year fundraising push. If you are shopping, please consider using the PSC Partners Canada amazon.ca affiliate link to generate up to 10% of your shopping for PSC Partners Canada.

Visit pscpartners.ca/amazon-affiliate/ to get started!
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We are very pleased to be representing PSC patients this weekend at the CASL autoimmune liver disease meeting in Ottawa.

There are a lot of very smart people working on PSC gathered together in this room. A source of great hope!
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The future of transplant science from TO! Tomorrow livestream...Join the live stream! Behind the Scenes:
November 19, 2019 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

You’re invited to join the live stream for our Behind the Scenes event:
The future of transplant science: pushing the boundaries of medicine to help more people LIVE ON.

You’ll hear from world-leading scientists at the UHN Transplant Program.

RSVP now → tgwhf.ca/livestream
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