Donald Arnold, associate professor of medicine, is helping jump start the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in Canada, a not-for-profit patient advocacy group that has been very active in the U.S. It aims to improve the lives of people with ITP and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, research and support.
Arnold, a hematologist, is a medical advisor for the PDSA, which is holding its first meeting April 29 in Montreal. This meeting is geared for ITP patients, caregivers and the medical community.
"People with ITP are often overlooked because the condition is rare," said Arnold. "But it's not rare for the people who have it. Having the PDSA group in Canada will be important for patients because it connects people who are struggling with this condition on their own. Plus, we have work to do to get Canadians better access to new medications. Groups like the PDSA can help with issues like that."
He will be presenting the opening talk about the changing landscape for ITP in Canada.
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