Tag: Pediatric Infectious Disease

Jasper’s Story

This spring, my husband, 2 year old son Finn and I welcomed Jasper into this crazy world. He was perfect and seemed to be very healthy. That’s why when we received the phone call that the newborn screening test was positive for CMV, we were confused, shocked, and honestly, really sad. The following week was really hard. Within a few days, we had gone from an easy breezy family of 4 (as easy breezy as it can be with a… Read more »

Hazel’s Story

Hazel, our second daughter, was born August 15th, 2019. We felt so fortunate. The delivery was smooth and there were no complications during the entire pregnancy.  A week after Hazel was home, we went for her hearing test at a local church. She got a ‘refer’ on both ears after multiple attempts. This didn’t worry me much because my first daughter hadn’t passed on one ear the first time she did the test, and then she proceeded to pass the… Read more »

The Use of Saliva Samples to Test for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) Infection in Newborns

December 9, 2020 – Thank you to Dr. Abbey Sidebottom, Whitney Wunderlich and Dr. Mark R. Schleiss for delivering a fantastic presentation on the use of saliva samples for cCMV testing and their examination of false positives. It was the perfect way to wrap up the CMV-LIVE series for 2020! As always, thank you to our amazing partners at National CMV Foundation, NCHAM and Merck for making this series possible.

Universal CMV Screening Bill Introduced in Manitoba

November 25, 2020 – MLA Uzoma Asagwara introduces a historic bill that would make universal newborn CMV screening mandatory in the province of Manitoba. It’s time to #StartScreening across Canada! To find out how you can support this bill or lead advocacy efforts in your region, please contact us at info@cmvcanada.com

Pragmatic Skills and Mental Health in Children with cCMV Infection and Cochlear Implants

November 25, 2020 – Thank you to Dr. Ulrika Löfkvist for delivering such an informative and engaging presentation! Ulrika Löfkvist, PhD is and Associate Professor and researcher in the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. We also want to thank our wonderful partners at National CMV Foundation, NCHAM and Merck for making this series possible.

The Florida CMV Collaborative: Another Approach to Impacting Change

November 11, 2020 – Thank you to Cedric Pritchett, Janel Cosby and Frances Saccoccio for the wonderful presentation today. The Florida CMV Collaborative is a working group of vested stakeholders concerned and committed to advancing better outcomes for children in Florida with congenital CMV. They are a true testament to the power of passionate advocacy and collaboration. Thanks to their tireless efforts, they have made great strides in educational awareness, research and legislative advocacy. Check out their presentation to learn… Read more »

CMV in Pregnancy: Women’s Choice and Attitudes Regarding Screening and Prevention Behaviors

October 28, 2020 – Thank you to Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran for presenting her latest research findings about women’s attitudes regarding CMV testing and prevention! Women want the opportunity to be screened. Parents have a right to know. Dr. Boucoiran is gynecologist-obstetrician and a Clinical Associate Professor at Université de Montréal. She is also the co-director of the Women and Children Infectious Diseases Centre at the CHU Sainte-Justine, a provincial referral centre for congenital infections. She is a member of the… Read more »

CMV-PHP LIVE Launch with Dr. Jessica Dunn

September 16, 2020 – It was an absolute pleasure to kick off the CMV Public Health and Policy Conference Live series with Dr. Jessica Dunn! Dr. Dunn is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and was one of the key members of the team responsible for Newborn Screening Ontario‘s universal CMV screening program. Starting Wednesday, September 16, 2020, we will be bringing you live presentations bi-weekly at 12:00 pm EST. Tune in to learn about all of the latest in CMV… Read more »

Interview with Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Fatima Kakkar

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – We are so grateful to have Dr. Fatima Kakkar on our team! In this video, we chatted about the amazing work being done at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine, the important research being conducted by Dr. Kakkar and her colleagues and the impact of COVID-19 on the CMV community. In addition to being on CMV Canada’s medical advisory commitee, Dr. Kakkar is an infectious disease pediatrician at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine as well as… Read more »

Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program – Interview with Dr. Jason Brophy

July 21, 2020 – Dr. Brophy is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of Ottawa, and a member of CMV Canada’s medical advisory committee. Rob and Jason chatted about Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program, the impacts of COVID-19 and the upcoming CMV Public Health and Policy Conference and webinar series.