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Canadian Sjögren's Awareness Month

July is Canadian Sjögren’s Awareness Month!

The Sjögren’s Society of Canada is proud to declare that July is Canadian Sjögren’s Awareness Month! Every day during the month of July we post information about Sjögren’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The focus of our campaign is to spread the word about our unknown disease to the general public, health care professionals and those people who have not yet been diagnosed. We also recognize World Sjögren’s Awareness Day on July 23rd, the birthday of Dr. Henrik Sjögren who first discovered Sjögren’s.

Members Only Virtual Town Halls

The Sjögren’s Society of Canada is excited to announce that our Members Only Virtual Town Halls are back for 2024!

We will welcome four Sjögren's experts this year who will give a brief presentation about topics which are informative and timely for our members. The focus of the town halls is to provide plenty of time for members to ask questions.

Our next town hall of 2024 will take place on September 4, 2024 and feature Dr. Miriam Grushka, Oral Medicine Specialist, presenting "Top 5 Dry Mouth Concerns for Sjögren's Patients".

Dr. Grushka has been practicing in the field of Oral Medicine (orofacial pain and lesions) since 1988. She currently has a private clinic focusing on temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and oral medicine, seeing patients with taste changes, Sjogren’s disease and burning mouth syndrome amongst others. Dr. Grushka has published over 50 scientific literatures on issues and has also lectured by invitation throughout the world, including in Canada and the United States on various topics including orofacial pain, dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, etc. Dr. Grushka is also a member of the SjSC Medical Advisory Board.

Stay tuned for registration details.

National Walk for Sjögren's

Our 2nd Annual National Walk for Sjögren’s will be held on September 21, 2024. The event will begin with a Kick-Off Zoom event at 1pm EDT and will be followed by walks in cities and neighbourhoods across Canada.  Thank you for helping us continue to Make Strides for Sjögren's! 

We have several objectives for our Walks. First and foremost, we want to increase awareness about our unknown disease. We do this by talking about the Walk for Sjögren’s with our friends and family members. We are also raising funds for the Sjögren’s Society of Canada so that we can continue to strive to improve the lives of patients in Canada.

Local Walks for Sjögren’s may include expert speakers, patient testimonials, sponsor, door prizes and of course an easy stroll in a park or your neighbourhood. Set a fundraising goal, bring a team, and win prizes for the amount you raised.

If you would like to organize a Walk or help with planning the Walk in your community in 2024, contact the SjSC today!

National Patient Conference

Thank you to those who participated in our 17th Annual National Patient Conference! Registrants joined us virtually, from the comfort of their own homes to hear the latest in Sjögren’s research and helpful information. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 26, 2025 for our next National Patient Conference and get ready to engage, learn and empower yourself!

2024 Featured Expert Presenters:

Dr. Satish Raj, Cardiologist, “Dysautonomia & Sjögren's - What Now?"
Dr. Hyein Kim, Rheumatologist, "Raynaud in Connective Tissue Diseases"
Dr. Allan Slomovic, Ophthalmologist, “Dry Eye, Sjögren’s Syndrome and Cataract Surgery”
Dr. Arthur Bookman, Rheumatologist, “Current Sjögren’s Clinical Trials”

All Conference registrations will be entered into our draw for some great door prizes thanks to our donating sponsors!

Thank you to our 2024 National Patient Conference Donating Sponsors