National Webinar

Shaking it up for Canada’s 150th Birthday!

Sjögren’s Syndrome Cross-Canada Webinar:
Navigating An Immune System Gone Wild


Thank you to everyone who registered and participated in our National Webinar.  The information was invaluable and we hope everyone enjoyed this wonderful event!

If you were not able to participate in our webinar you can purchase a download now for $40 CDN.  Upon purchase you will receive a download of the webinar recording to enjoy at your own convenience!

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Sjögren’s: More Than Meets the Eye and Mouth – Arthur A. M. Bookman, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist

A person with Sjögren’s knows that they have been besieged but on the surface there does not appear to be much happening.  Sjögren’s leads to inflammation of salivary and lacrimal glands, and spills over to affect many internal organs.  The diagnosis is difficult and the treatment even harder, but with good comprehensive care, patients can control many manifestations of this condition.

Dr. Bookman is Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto; Coordinator, Toronto Multidisciplinary Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital and former Program Director for the University of Toronto, Division of Rheumatology.  He serves as Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Sjögren’s Society of Canada; is former President and past Chairman, Board of The Journal of Rheumatology; former Founder and Chair of the Canadian Arthritis Society Medical Advisory Committee and former President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

Understanding & Managing Dry Eye Disease – Rookaya Mather, MD, FRCSC, Ophthalmologist, Cornea and External Disease.

Sjögren’s Syndrome is a chronic, destructive inflammatory disease of the ocular surface.  In her presentation, Dr. Mather will provide the audience a better understanding of dry eye disease and how it pertains to managing and living with the disease. Dr. Mather is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Ivey Eye Institute at Western University where for over 10 years, has been managing patients with complex ocular surface problems including Sjögren’s Syndrome and conducting research in the field of cornea and external disease. She is diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Mather serves on the Sjögren’s Society of Canada Medical Advisory Board.


Update on Products for Dry Mouth and Strategies for Oral Comfort – Cindy L. Marek, PharmD, FACA, Dentist-Pharmacist

Will discuss new and revised products available to help ease the symptoms of dry mouth and review the scientific evidence for the efficacy of these products.

Dr. Marek is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, University of Iowa College of Dentistry; and holds a joint appointment at the UI College of Pharmacy. She has over 24 years of experience as clinical pharmacist specializing in dental pharmacotherapy. Dr. Marek manages the Dental Pharmacy operations and provides lectures and clinical consultations to all dental specialties and continuing education programs to healthcare practitioners throughout the U.S.

“The Long and Winding Road” – Melinda Szilva, MTS, CCC, RP, Registered Psychotherapist

The road to being diagnosed with Sjögren’s can be a long one and living with chronic illness can become discouraging at times. Melinda Szilva is a Registered Psychotherapist from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science and a Canadian Certified Counsellor.  She will share self-care strategies and talk about the importance of finding hope and comfort in the midst of challenging times.  Ms. Szilva serves on the Sjögren’s Society of Canada Board of Directors.

Each presenter will have 25 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes to answer questions. We will break after two people have presented for 8-10 minutes and then resume with the remaining two presenters.  We will wrap up with approximately 30 minutes of additional questions for the entire panel at the end of the presentations.

Hosting the National Conference around the country has been a goal from day one that continues to elude us.  Unfortunately the cost and logistics of moving the annual event continue to be cost prohibitive for the organization.  As a result, we need to try and be a little more creative to bring resources to our members.

We are excited to shake things up this year by bringing the experts to all of you.

The National Conference will not be held this spring as usual so that we can focus our attention on the fall webinar.  Nothing can substitute the true experience, information garnered and connections made from attending a National Conference.  It is not our intention to disappoint anyone.  The Conference will return in 2018.

It is our hope that this webinar will reach out to the wider Sjögren’s community in this year of celebration!