CLI VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

The French Skin Federation (FFP) has launched videos (in French) from its member organisations on youtube.

Listen to Marie-Claude Boiteux talking about Cutis Laxa Internationale

 

CUTIS LAXA WHITE BOOK

Since  Cutis Laxa Internationale was set up, we have received many patients’ and parents’ testimonies.

They are now collected in a newly published book :

« Cutis Laxa, Story of a Rare Disorder, Patients’ testimonies ».

It is available in French, English and Spanish. We will send it to you on request, at €25 per copy.

“SUMMER MUSIC” IN FANTASIA PARK

7th August : After several months in lockdown, it was a real pleasure to participate in the « Summer Music » evening in Fantasia Park in Annemasse (France).

Respecting all sanitary recommendations we were able to welcome people at our stall where they could find, besides our now usual sausages and french fries, information on Cutis Laxa as well as various jewellery and items we sell.

 

A very friendly evening which allowed us to get some funds, more than welcomed with all our other scheduled events being cancelled.

Patients’ and associations’ role is poorly recognised

The COVID crisis reveals how patients’ and associations’ role is poorly recognised (Newspaper Le Monde 2020.07.06)

In this newspaper article, three members of the French association Renaloo (kidney failure) make an unanimous  statement : Associations of Health Users were forgotten in the heart of the sanitary crisis :

  • There were no official recommendations for « at risk » people.
  • Associations had to establish themselves « Recommendations for patients » based on international recommendations or those from other countries. ;
  • Nothing was set up to allow « at risk » people to stop working as soon as the crisis started ;
  • Cooperation with patients and their associations was considered incidental and with no priority ;
  • Despite the collective stakes we all had to face, democracy in health suffered a lot ;
  • Never quoted as being part of the various parties committed to protect vulnerable people, nevertheless patient associations were working on all fronts during this period ;
  • In France, except a few cases, patients associations have not yet reached the place they deserve in the medical world;
  • Government communication about vulnerable people focuses only on older aged people and forgets young and active people who are fragile too.

 

Nothing should be done without Us !

ERN-SKIN TRAINING SESSION IN GHENT (Belgium)

16th December : ERN-Skin, training session in Ghent (Belgium).

Organised by Pr Bert Callewaert, this session included a whole chapter dedicated to Cutis Laxa and all the scientific progress about it. See below  “What’s new about Cutis Laxa».

Other pathologies were also presented and patients representatives took part in a panel discussion « Patients’ burden : What healthcare professionals need to know ? ».

What’s new about Cutis Laxa

 

During the training session in Ghent, the first part of the morning was almost totally dedicated to Cutis Laxa.

Several cases were presented by young doctors.

 

An overview talk on Cutis Laxa presented the clinical classification of Cutis Laxa disorders. Cutis laxa has an extensive clinical and molecular heterogeneity.

 

Based on a flowchart addressing the presence or absence of the main clinical symptoms, over 90 % of the people suffering from Cutis Laxa are correctly classified.

The main symptoms are: arterial tortuosity, emphysema, wrinkled/lax skin, neurological issues with or without intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). In addition to those main symptoms, minor criteria are suggested for each type: arachnodactyly, aortic aneurysm, aortic stenosis, respiratory distress, diverticula, hearing loss, large anterior fontanelle, joint contractures, hip dislocation or ataxia.

The classification was based on a ‘learning’ cohort of patients known to the Ghent University Hospital. Refinement of the classification is ongoing based on a confirmation cohort from literature (650 patients).  Patients are classified based upon clinical examination and the main symptoms into major groups. Further refinement based on the minor criteria will eventually be able to predict the causal gen in over 95% of patients.

As an example, a patient with a lax skin, neurologic issues, intrauterine growth retardation as well as hip dislocation and ataxia, associated with ALDH18A1 mutation, will be diagnosed with Autosomal Recessive Cutis Laxa Type 3 or Syndrome De Barsy (ARCL3).

This new classification will help to a quicker diagnosis, interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and provide an opportunity of specific management and care for each type of Cutis Laxa.

Ghent University welcomed this session in its historic buildings.

Pure marvel, as is all the city of Ghent..….

 

RARE DISEASES INTERNATIONAL (RDI) ANNUAL GLOBAL MEETING

Rare Disease International (RDI) Annual Meeting and Conference, was held on 19th May, online as many others. Here are some screenshots of that important event we attended online from CLI’s home/office.

RDI and WHO : Universal Health Coverage and Rare Diseases

ORPHACODES : Universal name for each disease

RDI Action Plan 2020-2021

Rare Disease Patients and Covid-19

EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RARE DISORDERS

European Conference on Rare Disorders (ECRD) on 14th and 15th May which gathered together over 1,500 people from 57 countries, was held online as many other event in 2020.

Even without face to face meetings and gathering it was a real success and we learnt so much.

EURORDIS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Of course, during lockdown, many events and meetings have been cancelled or replaced with online meetings due to the health constraints. It was the case for Eurordis Annual Meeting on 13th May.

2019 had been a very fruitful year with so many opportunities to work and learn.

Dawn Laney, a RARE Hero

In its issue N°15, April 2020, Rare Revolution Magazine, talks about Dawn Laney, Dave Jacob’s daughter, who set up Thinkgenetic with her father. Dave is one of our members.