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Join us for the upcoming FREE PKD Patient Forum in Saskatoon, SK!

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the most common life-threatening, genetic diseases affecting Canadians and can result in the growth of cysts that enlarge the affected kidneys, destroying its ability to function.

Patients and their loved ones are invited to join this forum to:

  • Learn about what a PKD diagnosis can mean for you or a loved one, as well as how PKD can be managed from Dr. Elene van der Merwe, FRCPC University of Saskatchewan, MD South Africa. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Fellow of the College of Pathologist (Chemical Pathology) South Africa. Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologist United Kingdom, Fellowship Nephrology University of British Columbia;
  • Hear about what resources and support systems are available to you and your loved ones from Jeff Robertson, Executive Director, PKD Foundation of Canada;

  • Have your questions answered during a Q&A period led by Dr. Elene van der Merwe and Jeff Robertson; and,

  • Meet other people living with PKD in your community.

Light food & beverages will be served.

Free admission. All are welcome!

Please note, registration is at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

To RSVP and confirm your participation, click here!

 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Elene van der Merwe, FRCPC University of Saskatchewan, MD South Africa. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Fellow of the College of Pathologist (Chemical Pathology) South Africa. Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologist United Kingdom, Fellowship Nephrology University of British Columbia. 

Dr. van der Merwe grew up in South Africa and completed her Medical Degree at the University of Pretoria. She completed subspecialty training in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Pretoria and pursued further studies in Laboratory Medicine at the University Hospital Of Wales, Cardiff, UK. After obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologist she moved to Toronto and completed a one year Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto in Cancer Proteomics. She then pursued post graduated studies at the U of S, completed her Internal Medicine Training, followed by Nephrology Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Education
MD, South Africa

Fellow of the College of Pathologist (Chemical Pathology), South Africa
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologist, United Kingdom
FRCPC, University of Saskatchewan
Fellowship Nephrology, University of British Columbia

Professional Role
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Register Here!

WHEN
October 23, 2019 at 6pm
WHERE
Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch Library
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Join us for the 2019 Bike to the Moon!

Bike to the Moon is a PKD Foundation of Canada annual fundraiser for both casual and serious cyclists, taking place June 21-24, 2019 in your own community and on your own route! Collectively, we aim to bike the distance to the moon (384,400 km) and raise critical funds for the Hereditary Kidney Disease Program at Toronto General Hospital.

Build relationships, have fun & make a difference in the Saskatoon PKD community!

Join the PKD Foundation of Canada's Saskatoon Chapter and help us spread awareness, support PKD patients and make a difference in our community.

Ongoing chapter activities include:

  • Local fundraising events
  • Increasing awareness of PKD
  • Educational chapter meetings
  • Support groups & socials

The PKD Foundation of Canada chapters and the volunteers who lead them are the backbone of the polycystic kidney disease (PKD) community.

As a grassroots non-profit organization, the PKD Foundation of Canada prides itself in keeping administration costs low and impact high. In order to do this, we count on volunteers every day to help drive vital programs and awareness around Canada.

Sign up below to become a volunteer!

Meet Your Chapter Coordinator

 Meet Graham Scoles

Graham is the Saskatoon Chapter Coordinator. He was diagnosed with PKD in 1986 and began dialysis in 1992. Graham was fortunate to receive a cadaveric kidney in 1994, which performed well until about 2017. Fast forward to today, he am now back on dialysis and hoping to receive a second transplant. 

Being a PKD patient himself, Graham is very committed to helping end PKD!

 

 

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PKD Awareness Day: Video Challenge

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Help spread the word about PKD Awareness Day and what it's like to live with polycystic kidney disease! Record a short video with your smartphone and tell us your story...