Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Wesley Coelho, Elizabeth White, Adine Deford, the Editor, Michael Krems

News Feed Item

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Announces 2012 Accomplishments in Research, Advocacy, Awareness Efforts

Supports Patients and Efforts for Cure for Deadly Lung Disease

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) announced today its accomplishments for the year, reflecting on the successes in Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) research, advocacy and awareness efforts.

"We are pleased to say that 2012 was a good year for the foundation and for our patients as we inch closer to treatments and a cure," said Mishka Michon, Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.  "We made progress in each of our focus areas and look forward to further progress in 2013."

Research

The CPF continued to fund its partnership grant with the American Thoracic Society (ATS), a program that has awarded two-year funding to eight researchers whose projects were judged the most promising in the field by a peer advisory review board.  For the fifth year, the CPF supported the genetic counseling program for familial PF at National Jewish Health - a program that provides cost-free information and support to families where PF is a known risk.

The CPF announced a strategic alliance with the Westie Foundation of America (WFA) to fight PF, a disease that claims as many human lives as breast cancer each year and a similar percentage of West Highland Terriers, it is believed, as well   The WFA is a canine health organization focused on the health of West Highland Terriers or "Westies". 

The organization supported the first Fibrosis Across Organs meeting convened earlier in the year by the ATS that promises to move the science forward faster by encouraging collaborations amongst scientists across organ areas in the study of fibrotic diseases including those of the lung, heart, liver, kidney and skin. 

The CPF also participated in a key strategic planning meeting held by the Department of Health & Human Services at the NIH and National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, the first of its kind in more than a decade. The meeting included key researchers and thought leaders and will set the stage for NIH's research priorities in PF over the next decade and beyond.

Advocacy

PF Month Activities:

In its advocacy efforts, the CPF expanded its usual National Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week to an entire month for the month of September.  The CPF and a team of patient advocates met on Capitol Hill with Members of the House and Senate to ask for support of PF legislation – the Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Enhancement Act. In support of the legislative efforts, the organization collected patient and patient advocate signatures on a petition that was shared with Members of Congress – obtaining 5,000 signatures to date.  To sign the petition, go to:  http://cpf.convio.net/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1621.  

As part of National PF Month, the CPF joined with the ATS to promote "PF Week at the American Thoracic Society".  The two organizations co-hosted a public webinar with record attendance from around the world, with guest hosts Dr. James Kiley and Dr. Jerry Eu of the Lung Division of the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. Gregory Cosgrove, a pulmonologist and PF researcher at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. The archive of the webinar is at: http://patients.thoracic.org/lung-disease-week/pulmonary-fibrosis-2012/webinar.php

The NIH helped promote National PF Month on its website and with a radio interview broadcast nationwide. The archive may be found at:

(http://www.nih.gov/news/radio/healthmatters/october2012/IPF4.htm)

Speaking Out and Speaking Up

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) spoke out for the more than 128,000 people suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) and their families at forums that asked for patient comment on efforts related to drug development and research. The efforts were with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new congressionally mandated Patient-Focused Drug Development program and the congressionally authorized Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The CPF attended meetings at the FDA that were held to allow patient input on the drug development process per the patient focused program. The FDA set a preliminary list of diseases that range in severity from non-life threatening conditions to deadly ones. 

Though PF has no approved therapies and is imminently deadly, it was not included in the preliminary list. CPF patients and members sent more than 1,800 letters to the FDA's Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, on the issue. The CPF's efforts were supported by a letter submitted to the FDA by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN). The CPF and its members also spoke out against major cuts currently threatening the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies working to treat and cure patients with PF and other deadly diseases. 

Awareness

In 2012, the CPF celebrated key accomplishments including growth in its event fundraising efforts – expanding its number of local events aimed at raising awareness and funding.  Events were held nationwide during the year, including ones in New York City, NY, Washington, DC, Franklin, TN, Largo, FL, Columbia, SC, Pittsburgh, PA, Atlanta, GA, Brookline, MA, Portland, ME, Orange County, CA, Burlington, NC and St. Johns, Virgin Islands, as well as other cities.  Due, in part, to growth in its popular Daughters of PF program, the increase allowed the CPF to see an expansion in its overall efforts.

CPF patient education efforts included three patient events in which it partnered with The Mayo Clinic and Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and the Boston IPF Collaborative (pulmonary divisions of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital) in Boston, MA to educate and inform hundreds of patients and families fighting PF. 

Also, the CPF's publicity efforts were increased through the help of Actress Rose McGowan who is Chair of the CPF's Daughters of PF program and ambassador of the CPF.  She lost her father to PF and vowed to raise awareness and support funding efforts to find a cure.  McGowan appeared in national television coverage on CBS, Fox and other broadcast media as well as promoted the CPF's efforts with her social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter. McGowan's December 14th appearance on CBS TV's The Doctors is archived and may be viewed at: https://coalitionforpf.org/cpf_events_detailes.php?id=598.  She also appeared on Fox TV in Los Angeles. Click here to view segment. http://www.myfoxla.com/video?clipId=7809247&autostart=true

The CPF is appreciative of the education and awareness grants provided by Boehringer-Ingelheim and InterMune.

CPF Announced Awards and Appointment

The CPF awarded winners of its three annual awards for distinguished service in research, humanitarian and advocacy efforts. This year's recipients were Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), lead sponsor of PF legislation in the U.S. Senate and an outspoken supporter of PF patients, renowned PF researcher Andrew Tager, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and advocate and fundraiser, Tami Rippy.

The award to Dr. Tager included a $15,000 grant for his continued efforts in PF research.

The CPF appointed a new board member in 2012.  Michael Holling, managing director and head of commercial real estate syndications for Associated Bank, has 25 years of capital markets experience, including senior positions at US Bank, JP Morgan, and Banc of America Securities, with specializations in commercial real estate finance, loan syndications, and mezzanine financing.

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis works on a national scale to support research for a cure and to assist patients. For information or to support this important work, please contact the CPF at 1-888-222-8541, or visit www.coalitionforpf.org or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF)

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a lung disorder characterized by a progressive scarring – known as fibrosis -- and deterioration of the lungs, which slowly robs its victims of their ability to breathe. Approximately 128,000 Americans suffer from PF, and there is currently no known cause or cure. An estimated 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. PF is difficult to diagnose and an estimated two-thirds of patients die within five years of diagnosis.  Sometimes PF can be linked to a particular cause, such as certain environmental exposures, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, residual infection, or autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis. However, in many instances, no known cause can be established. When this is the case, it is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

About the CPF

The CPF is a 501C(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to accelerate research efforts leading to a cure for pulmonary fibrosis (PF), while educating, supporting, and advocating for the community of patients, families, and medical professionals fighting this disease. The CPF funds promising research into new approaches to treat and cure PF; provides patients and families with comprehensive education materials, resources, and hope; serves as a voice for national advocacy of PF issues; and works to improve awareness of PF in the medical community as well as the general public. The CPF's nonprofit partners include many of the most respected medical centers and healthcare organizations in the U.S. With more than 26,000 members nationwide, the CPF is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to advocating for those with PF. For more information please visit www.coalitionforpf.org or call (888) 222-8541.

SOURCE Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevOps to advance innovation and increase agility. Specializing in designing, imple...
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Treloar, President and COO of Bebaio, will explore examples of brands transforming their businesses by t...
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo, November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, a producer of the first smartphones and tablets, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. He will explain how M2M controllers work through wirelessly connected remote controls; and specifically delve into a retrofit option that reverse-engineers control codes of existing conventional controller systems so they don't have to be replaced and are instantly converted to become smart, connected devices.
Containers are not new, but renewed commitments to performance, flexibility, and agility have propelled them to the top of the agenda today. By working without the need for virtualization and its overhead, containers are seen as the perfect way to deploy apps and services across multiple clouds. Containers can handle anything from file types to operating systems and services, including microservices. What are microservices? Unlike what the name implies, microservices are not necessarily small, but are focused on specific tasks. The ability for developers to deploy multiple containers – thous...
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing these ideas and some early experiments performed in the Kurento open source software community in areas ...
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts, GM of Platform at FinancialForce.com, will discuss the value of business applications on wearable ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer,...
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
Manufacturing connected IoT versions of traditional products requires more than multiple deep technology skills. It also requires a shift in mindset, to realize that connected, sensor-enabled “things” act more like services than what we usually think of as products. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, will discuss how when sensors start generating detailed real-world data about products and how they’re being used, smart manufacturers can use the data to create additional revenue streams, such as improved warranties or premium features. Or slash...
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
The Internet of Things is in the early stages of mainstream deployment but it promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. IoT is a complex structure of hardware, sensors, applications, analytics and devices that need to be able to communicate geographically and across all functions. Once the data is collected from numerous endpoints, the challenge then becomes converting it into actionable insight.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
The 3rd International WebRTC Summit, to be held Nov. 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of improving IT delivery by eliminating waste through automated business models leveraging cloud technologies. WebRTC Summit is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo, 6th International Big Data Expo, 3rd International DevOps Summit and 2nd Internet of @ThingsExpo. WebRTC (Web-based Real-Time Communication) is an open source project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera that aims to enable bro...
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes about through a Communications Platform as a Service which allows for messaging, screen sharing, video...
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!