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September 21, 2011 Town Hall Conference Call

International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

September 21, 2011 Town Hall Conference Call

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Call in. Listen. Ask Questions.

The Vice Chair of the IPPF Medical Advisory Board - Dr. Sergei Grando, will be joining the IPPF for a Town Hall Conference Call on September 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time / 8:00 pm Eastern Time. Dr. Grando is also a Professor of Dermatology AND Professor of Biologicial Chemistry at the University of California - Irvine in Southern California.

Dr. Grando discovered novel mechanisms of targeting cell death and survival and therapeutic action of intravenous IgG (IVIg) in pemphigus. The results indicate that in different pemphigus patients, IgG-induced acantholysis proceeds predominantly via distinct, yet complementary, pathways of programmed cell death and that IVIg protect target cells by up-regulating endogenous caspase and calpain inhibitors. He has conducted an IRB-approved clinical trial using a well-tolerated acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, Mestinon, in the treatment of pemphigus patients. The results of his work have altered the way physicians throughout the world understand the mechanisms of pemphigus, and have led directly to the development of new treatment of pemphigus with cholinergic agonist, such as topical application of pilocarpine.

Join the IPPF on September 21 to listen to Dr. Grando talk about pemphigus and pemphigoid - and ask him your own questions! Please remember that he cannot give specific medical advice, but he can definitely help get you to ask your doctor the right questions or provide them with some added insight.

Dial In Instructions

Callers are responsible for all charges incurred by calling the (760) area code.

Instructions and the call in number/PIN will be provided via email on or about September 14, 2011.

The Format

Attendees will call in from their own phone (landline, cellphone, etc). Attendees will be provided the access phone number and PIN in advance.

Callers will provide their name, as requested, before entering the conference.

Callers will be initially be placed on MUTE to keep noise to a minimum. A representative from the IPPF will open the meeting after which Dr. Grando will begin his presentation. When it is time for questions from attendees, instructions will be provided on how to be placed in the Question Queue by "rasing their hand" (a code to enter your phone that will be given to you during the meeting).

Callers will be allowed to ask their question in the order they "raise their hand". Callers will be allowed one main question and one follow up question depending on the number of attendees and the size of the Question Queue.

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If you have any questions regarding the Town Hall Conference Call, please email

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation

The IPPF provides direct access to innovative and effective support that promotes the very best health care, improves quality of life, stimulates community resources, advocates for favorable government policies, accelerates the pace of scientific discovery and is the world's best source of information on pemphigus and pemphigoid. We are compassionate in understanding, tireless in service, and relentless in advocating. One person at a time, we make a difference, building a community of care and hope.

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