The IRCM co-hosts a plenary session on rare and orphan diseases at the EFFERVESCENCE conference

March 5 2019 | Rare diseases

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As part of the EFFERVESCENCE conference, the Research Centre on Rare and Genetic Diseases in Adults of the IRCM and the Centre d'excellence en recherche sur les maladies orphelines – Fondation Courtois (CERMO-FC) of UQAM are organizing a plenary session on rare and orphan on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at La Tohu.

The purpose of this plenary session, entitled Living With a Rare Disease and Dealing With the Resources Available in Quebec, is to demonstrate the relevance of implementing a Quebec policy on rare and orphan diseases as well as the need for the various stakeholders in the sector to begin working together to develop integrated approaches to intervention. 

•    How do we define a rare disease and orphan disease and what are the consequences for patients?
•    What are the potential solutions for treatment and care of patients with a rare and/or orphan disease in Quebec? 
•    What is the current situation and what would be the benefit of the establishment of a Quebec policy on rare and orphan diseases?

Hosted by Sophie-Andrée Blondin, journalist and host of Radio-Canada’s Les Années lumière, the plenary will include as panellists Cynthia Turcotte, a patient with a rare disease, Jacques Michaud of CHU Sainte-Justine, Sophie Bernard of the IRCM, Nicolas Pilon of UQAM, and Gail Ouellette of the Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines.

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