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IDF Travels to the West Coast


IDF Volunteers Kelli Bryan, Sonia Vohnout, Steve Fietek, Kristy Cacucciolo and Rich Low at the Cerritos Patient Education Meeting, September 22.

The great state of California served as the setting for two Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) Local Patient Meetings, in Palo Alto and Cerritos. These local meetings, created and developed by IDF with the help of local volunteers and healthcare professionals, are designed for individuals and family members living with primary immunodeficiency diseases.

The Palo Alto meeting, held Saturday, September 15, brought together 50 enthusiastic participants. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF
    Colin Seal, Program Manager at the Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Overview of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
    Grace Peace Yu, MD, MSc of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Newborn Screening for SCID
    Jennifer Puck, MD of University of California, San Francisco
  • Autoimmune Diseases with Immunodeficiencies
    Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD of Stanford Medicine           
  • Ask the Medical Experts
    Sean McGhee, MD of Stanford Medicine
    Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD of Stanford Medicine
    Grace Peace Yu, MD, MSc of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    Jennifer Puck, MD of University of California, San Francisco
  • Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for Me and My Family?
    Frank Quintieri of Baxter Healthcare

IDF also organized a meeting in Cerritos, just southwest of Los Angeles, Saturday, September 22. There was a great energy among the 75 participants throughout the day. Sessions included:

  • Be Your Own Advocate with IDF
    Katherine Antilla, MAEd, Director of Education and Volunteer Development at the Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Autoimmune Issues & Primary Immunodeficiency
    Marc Riedl, MD of University of California, Los Angeles
  • Biofilms: What are They, and Who Cares?
    Joseph Church, MD of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Nebulized Antibiotics for Lung & Sinus Infections
    Joseph Church, MD of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Ask the Medical Experts
    Joseph Church, MD of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Mohsen Mabudian, MD of Beaver Medical Group, L.P.
    Marc Riedl, MD of University of California, Los Angeles
    E. Richard Stiehm, MD of University of California, Los Angeles
  • Health Insurance: Protecting Your Access to Care
    Kris McFalls of CSL Behring

Special thanks to IDF Volunteers! From Palo Alto: Jan Christenson, Bonnie Doak, Tracy Virgil and Lynn Walton. From Cerritos: Kelli Bryan, Kristy Cacucciolo, Steve Fietek, Rich Low and Sonia Vohnout.

With the help of dedicated healthcare professionals and volunteers at both California meetings, IDF was able to reach many patients and family members on the West Coast. Click here for a complete list of upcoming IDF events.

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