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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Breakthroughs in IBD research

Here is the October Issue of CCFA
Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Rick Geswell We have a number of exciting projects in the works at CCFA this fall, including a new teleconference next month exploring the latest breakthroughs in research. We're also working to raise awareness by making sure our legislators are helping us find cures. You can help by asking your legislator to join others in support of issues important to our patients and loved ones. In addition, we've created a new way to fundraise through personalized fundraising pages. Finally, we're excited to announce the launch of Campus Connection, a website designed for students with IBD. This site will connect students with IBD and create a community of shared experiences to reinforce that you are not alone! The Do's and Don'ts of College Life with IBD Abby Searfoss and friends at college When you're in college, coping with IBD can feel extremely overwhelming at times – but with the right management, you can still have a fruitful, fun-filled college experience. Abby Searfoss, a National Youth Leadership Council member and junior at the University of Connecticut, is living proof – she deals with Crohn's every day. Her advice? Know your body, utilize your health services department and share your story. Read more of Abby's tips on the "do's and don'ts" of handling IBD while away at school. Teleconference: Breakthroughs in IBD Research Research on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis has increased tremendously in recent years, leading to exciting discoveries. This advanced teleconference/webcast, presented by James Lewis, MD of the University of Pennsylvania and chairman of CCFA's National Scientific Advisory Committee, will explore the latest breakthroughs in IBD research, including microbiome and biomarker findings. Join us on November 15th at 8:00 PM ET to learn about new targets for treatment and how to be involved in IBD research. Register today! Help us find cures – start a fundraising page! Start a fundraising page with CCFA! Now you can celebrate occasions and honor loved ones by fundraising for CCFA! Create a personalized fundraising page to mark a birthday, holiday, special event, or to honor a loved one. Tell your story and why you're helping to find cures. Then, ask your friends and family to donate to your page, and help us raise $5,000 by November 1st. Your support will have a direct impact on those who need it most. Eighty-two cents of every dollar raised goes toward our mission-critical programs, services and breakthrough research. Create your page today! Find the Latest Clinical Trials Find Clinical Trials in your area CCFA maintains a comprehensive database of studies, clinical trials, and other research into Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Some of the clinical trials recently added to our list include the FUSCIA study by Sanofi, the Contribute study by Santarus and TRUST-I by Coronado Biosciences. By participating in a medical study or clinical trial, you can have a more active role in your own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they become widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. Deciding whether you should participate in a study or clinical trial is an important personal decision, best made with a full understanding of the process of drug development and your specific role. Learn more about clinical trials and how you can get involved. OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE Support Research for Happier Lives With the number of IBD patients on the rise, CCFA needs your support now more than ever to fund cutting-edge IBD research.Your gift today helps discover tomorrow's treatments and cures. Talk with your doctor about flu prevention Flu prevention Patients with IBD are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Ask your doctor whether you or your child with IBD should be vaccinated against the flu. Healthy starts here! Holiday Cards Send Holiday Cheer with CCFA When you send a CCFA holiday card, you'll not only stay in touch with your loved ones, but you'll help us move one step closer to cures. Proceeds from your purchase will benefit our research, education, and support programs. Buy your CCFA holiday cards today! Donate Now YouTube Facebook Twitter Forward to a friend