News from Mission: Cure

Will Pancreas Surgery Cure My Pancreatitis? Doctors Explain TPIAT

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Mission: Cure‘s webinar, TPIAT: Should I Have My Pancreas Removed?, discusses pancreas surgery to reduce chronic pain from pancreatitis.  This is the fourth broadcast in Mission: Cure’s Patient and Family Webinar Series. In this webinar replay you can hear Dr. Melena Bellin of the University of Minnesota explain:

  • Who should consider TPIAT (Total Pancreatectomy & Islet Auto-Transplantation)
  • The selection criteria
  • The TPIAT procedure itself
  • The typical recovery and outcomes

We then hear from Amy Jensen, a recent TPIAT patient, who eloquently shares her own TPIAT journey.

The goal of this webinar was to educate chronic and recurrent acute pancreatitis patients and their families about Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation surgery (TPIAT). The early reviews are in, and “YES,” these goals were met. Plus, we even made time for 20 or so questions! Listen to the replay, share with others and let us know which topics you want to hear about in future webinars.

TPIAT – Should I Have My Pancreas Removed? Webinar Announcement

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Mission: Cure invites you to join us on

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST

for our next webinar

TPIAT – Should I Have My Pancreas Removed?

Get the information you need about Total Pancreatectomy & Islet Auto-Transplantation (TPIAT). This will be the 4th webinar in our ongoing series for Chronic and Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis patients and their families.

Patients, and those who care for and about them, are encouraged to join leading expert Dr. Melena Bellin, University of Minnesota Pediatric and Adult Endocrinologist for the Organ Transplant Program and Director of Research of Islet Auto-transplantation and Amy Jensen, a recent TPIAT patient. Find out who should consider TPIAT, selection criteria, the TPIAT procedure itself, typical recovery and outcomes. Attendees will be given ample opportunity to ask questions.

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For people suffering from pancreatitis, unrelenting abdominal pain can rule their lives. For some patients repeated attacks lead to frequent visits to the ER and lengthy hospital stays. TPIAT is a surgical procedure in which the pancreas is removed and the organ’s islet cells (the cells that produce insulin) are injected into the patient’s liver.  The goal of TPIAT is to not only relieve the pain of pancreatitis, but also to help prevent the diabetes that results when the pancreas is removed.

TPIAT surgeon at work

This webinar is brought to you by Mission: Cure, a nonprofit organization that aims to find a cure and improve the quality of life of those affected by pancreatitis by applying innovative financing to medical research and drug development. This webinar is made possible through support from the AbbVie Foundation. Even if you can’t make it to this webinar, please register so that we can send you the webinar’s recording as soon as it becomes available.

Curing Pancreatitis: It’s Time for a New Approach!

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On December 8th, Mission: Cure hosted an informational webinar for chronic and recurrent acute pancreatitis patients, their families and clinicians on their new approach to curing pancreatitis. It featured co-directors Megan Golden and Linda Martin, who gave presentations on the gap Mission: Cure is working to address, their innovative financing model, and how patients and families can get involved and help! Attendees gained unique insights to the projects Mission: Cure is spearheading to provide promising pathways toward effective treatments and cures.

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Curing Pancreatitis – It’s Time for a New Approach! Webinar Announcement

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Join Mission: Cure on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. EST for our next webinar, Curing Pancreatitis—It’s Time for a New Approach! This is the 3rd webinar in Mission: Cure’s patient webinar series. Register here to learn about the key initiatives Mission: Cure is leading in the fight to find a cure for pancreatitis.  During the webinar, our co-directors, Megan Golden and Linda Martin, will share information about Mission: Cure’s:Stop Pancreatitis Sign

  • Strategy to develop disease-altering therapies for chronic and recurrent acute pancreatitis within 10 years
  • Collaboration with genetic scientists and precision-medicine companies to identify genetic drivers of pancreatitis and gene-specific treatments
  • Efforts to test already-approved drugs that show promise for pancreatitis patients
  • New model for financing this research, which brings in “impact investors” who want their money to help people in measurable ways and healthcare payers who are willing to pay for improvements in patient outcomes and not just emergency care

And…

  • How patients can help and participate!

Woman with Abdominal Pain

Mission: Cure is dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatitis and needs your help! Please join us for this webinar to educate yourself and learn how you can get involved. Even if you can’t make it on Saturday, please register so that we can send you the webinar’s recording as soon as it becomes available. Click here to register for this exciting and informative webinar.

Is Pancreatitis in Your Genes?

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On November 13th, Mission: Cure hosted an informational webinar for chronic and recurrent acute pancreatitis patients, their families and clinicians on new genetic discoveries related to this disease. It featured presentations by Dr. David Whitcomb of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Dr. Mark Haupt of Ariel Precision Medicine, two award-winning and innovative leaders, and a engaging Q&A session that allowed patients to have direct contact with these scientists and physicians. Attendees gained unique insights to genetic testing and new genetics discoveries that Mission: Cure and its partners are harnessing to provide promising pathways toward effective treatments.

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Is Pancreatitis in Your Genes? A Webinar on New Genetic Discoveries in Chronic and Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis

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Mission: Cure invites you to attend our Informational Webinar for Chronic and Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis Patients, their Families and Clinicians on November 13, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST!

Puzzle pieces between genetics and pancreatic diseases

Join Dr. David Whitcomb of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Dr. Mark Haupt of Ariel Precision Medicine to learn more about the genetics behind most cases of chronic pancreatitis. By listening to and engaging with these award-winning and innovative leaders, attendees will gain unique insights genetic testing and new genetics discoveries that Mission: Cure and its partners are harnessing to provide promising pathways toward effective treatments.

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Photo of geneticists

This webinar is brought to you by Mission: Cure, an organization that aims to find a cure and improve the quality of life of those affected by chronic pancreatitis by applying innovative financing to medical research and drug development, with support from the Abbvie Foundation.

Join us on October 5th, 2018 for L.A. Party for a Cure!

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Please join us for Mission: Cure’s 2018 Party for a Cure, an L.A.-based gala held at the LUXE Sunset Boulevard Hotel on Friday, October 5, 2018. We are partnering with the National Pancreas Foundation to host a night of generosity and fun to help us achieve our goal of finding a cure for the children and adults suffering from pancreatitis.

Tickets are now available for purchase at http://bit.ly/LAgala2018. In addition, premier giving levels and sponsorship packages are available for recognition in conjunction with the event. More information on these packages is available here, and we urge any interested parties to reach out to our co-directors, Linda Martin at lmartin@mission-cure.org or Megan Golden at mgolden@mission-cure.org.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support Mission: Cure, one-time gifts can also be made through https://www.cureswithinreach.org/donate-to-mission-cure. For more information about the event or on how to be involved with our work driving pancreatic medical discovery and measurably impacting patients’ lives, please email info@mission-cure.org.

N=1 Drug Discovery Pact: Mission: Cure’s New Partnership with Perlara

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Mission: Cure believes that new innovations in medical research are key to achieving our goal of curing chronic pancreatitis. For this reason, we strive to leverage and support advances in genomics and precision medicine and aim to collaborate with forward-thinking and mission-driven organizations. Today, we are excited to announce our partnership with Perlara, a rare disease drug discovery platform company working with highly motivated families, foundations and drug developers. Together, we have formed a n=1 drug discovery PerlQuest pact with the goal of discovering promising compounds for rapid testing in patient-matched organoid models of pancreatitis to get treatments to patients faster.

In Stage One of the PerlQuest, Perlara will engineer ∆F508 and 26 other CFTR disease-causing variants in yeast YOR1 models of CFTR deficiency with Mission: Cure’s support. The project will then involve completing drug repurposing and drug discovery screens with the ∆F508 model and another mutant, e.g., class III or class IV.

In the words of Perlara founder and CEO Ethan Perlstein, PhD., we look forward to scientific firsts for rare disease drug discovery.

For more information, check out Perlara’s recent press release on the exciting project: https://prn.to/2L7FTfC