Welcome to the International Pompe Association (IPA)
The 2019 IPA calendar is finally out and has been distributed to member associations worldwide. We thank the International Pompe Community that contributed to the creation of a calendar that will keep Pompe in the minds and hearts of all recipients throughout the year. The calendar will give us the opportunity to raise awareness on Pompe disease, for not just a day, but for the whole year of 2019, which marks also the IPA's 20th anniversary.
The calendar features for each month photos and artworks by the Pompe community, in addition to thought-provoking statements or questions by and for the scientific community.
The International Pompe Association.
- 2019 IPA Calendar (PDF, 4,04 MB)
The IPA is establishing a Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Pompe disease modeled after Eurordis' program. A CAB is a group of volunteer patients/advocates who offer their expertise to public or private sponsors of clinical research on overall program development, single clinical trials and other aspects beyond the research program. A CAB advises several sponsors in the same fields and, by doing so, it ensures that research studies are designed to take into account the real needs of patients, resulting in higher quality research.
For this reason, the IPA is looking for, ideally, 15-20 CAB members, representing the range of varieties of Pompe disease (from infantile to late-onset Pompe disease), including parents and patients, spread around the world. Based upon the specific requirements/needs of the sponsor of particolar meetings, it is possible that the entire CAB may not be called upon every time.
- Must be over 18 years old;
- They should have the specific condition for which the CAB is being set up, be a parent of someone living with the disease, or be a member of an organisation dealing with the exact condition;
- They should have good English skills;
- They should be able to commit to a minimum of 2 face-to-face meetings a year (approx. 2 days each), and 2 other e-meetings;
- CAB members should adhere to the Code of Practices Guiding the Relations between Patients’ Organisations and the Healthcare Industry.
- They should be member of an organisation, not unaffiliated individuals.
Please write a letter stating why you wish to be a CAB member. Please include in the letter how you meet the above requirements and any experience you have that you think the Reviewers should be aware of. If you do not meet one of the requirements above, but believe you should be considered anyway, please explain why. Application letters should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit applications is October 31, 2018.
Personal data will be processed only for the purpose of this call for Applicants.
We would like to share the latest publication based on the data generated through the IPA/ Erasmus MC Pompe survey.
Together with the International Pompe Association (IPA), the Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, has systematically collected data on patients with Pompe disease since 2002. Earlier findings from the survey include the demonstration of a positive effect of ERT on survival. Using data from this survey, it was investigated whether ERT reduces the risk that a patient will need a wheelchair or respiratory support. This is the first study to provide evidence that ERT with alglucosidase alfa reduces the risk that adult patients with Pompe disease will become wheelchair dependent (patients who received ERT had a 64% smaller probability of becoming wheelchair dependent than an untreated patient). Nevertheless, a proportion of treated patients still become wheelchair dependent at some point in their life. Hence, while ERT shows positive clinical effects in adult patients with Pompe disease, it has been concluded that there is still room for improvement. With regard to the risk for starting respiratory support, no differences could be detected. The IPA survey is an open cohort into which patients are continually included. It has been shown to be a good reflection of the clinical spectrum of adult patients with Pompe disease.
Enzyme Replacement Therapy Reduces The Risk For Wheelchair Dependency In Adult Pompe Patients (PDF, 609 KB)
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