Educational Webinar Series

Thank you to all of our wonderful speakers throughout this PFIC webinar series.

Without you, none of this would be possible.

The webinars below are a comprehensive list of the full webinar series done over the past two years.
All videos have descriptions to understand more about the webinar before viewing. All webinars can also
be found on the PFIC Network YouTube channel.
For instructions on viewing these webinars with subtitles in any language, please see pictures below.

See our full library of videos on our YouTube Channel.

An Overall Look at PFIC

PFIC 101

Children’s Hospital Colorado hosted this webinar to provide an overview for patients and families. They went over what to expect throughout the journey of PFIC- from a new diagnosis, to exploring treatment and management options including nutrition management, medication/ surgical management, and clinical trial considerations, all the way through to when/if to expect the discussion of liver transplant. Moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN.

Medical and Surgical Treatment Options of PFIC

Session 1 Medical and Surgical Options Video Part 1

A brief background about PFIC and the medical management options including nutrition, medications, and medications in clinical trials. Presented by Dr. Jim Squires of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Question and Answer session at the end moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN.

Session 1 Medical and Surgical Options Video Part 2

A closer look at current surgical treatment options including PEBD, internal diversion and Liver Transplant. Presented by Dr. Kyle Soltys of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Question and Answer session at the end moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN.

Session 2 Transplant Life and Complications Video Part 1

A closer look at what to expect when receiving a Liver Transplant, and how life changes after. Presented by Dr. Jim Squires of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Question and Answer session at the end moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN.

Session 2, Specific Complications of Transplant

Diving deep into unique aspects of PFIC, this webinar focuses on some of the considerations that PFIC 1 & 2 patients may experience post transplant. Presented by Dr. Kyle Soltys of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Question and Answer session at the end moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN.

Genetics of PFIC

Genetics of PFIC and it’s subtypes

Join the PFIC Network and our host, Richard Thompson, Professor of Molecular Hepatology at the Institute for Liver Studies, Kings College London and Consultant Pediatric Hepatologist, at King’s College Hospital. He will discuss the seemingly complex topic of the Genetics of PFIC including the various subtypes and why they are each so unique. He will also dive into some of the barriers behind genetic testing and why the disease is so difficult to treat. He will then give us a quick look at what has been recently discovered in the genetics of PFIC. Moderated by Executive Director, Emily Ventura, RN. Head over to our genetics page to learn more.

Mental Health

Mental Health: Coping Strategies for the Patient and Caregiver

From a fairytale family to losing three brothers, maternal advocate Cristol Barrett O’Loughlin draws on personal tragedy to ease the suffering hearts of others. Her inspiring stories of courageous #RareMothers, reveal the secrets to sustainable self-care and wellness. Forget “PTSD” — more accurate is “CTSD” (Chronic Traumatic Stress) — as our rare community grapples with the realities of long-term caregiving and disease management. There is a purpose to our pain. With guided meditations and her signature infectious enthusiasm, Cristol gently nudges us all to move beyond “Why me?” into “What can I do to help others and to help myself? Moderated by President, Melanie Karakaidos.

2021 Family Conference Webinars

Keynote 1: Basics of Genetics, Introduction to PFIC as a set of Genetic Disease of Cholestasis

Presented by: Dr. William Balistreri, MD, Dr. Chunyue Yin, PhD
The two keynote speeches in our conference aim to demystify the general term of “PFIC.” In the first keynote you will learn what these genes do, what can go wrong with the hepatic excretion of bile acids/bile formation, what genetic reports mean, and what the challenges can be in achieving a genetic diagnosis. The second keynote will take a deep dive into each of the genes that have been identified to date, what is understood about the spectrum of each disease, and what still is yet to come.

Keynote 2: Genetics of PFIC by Subtype

Presented by: Dr. Richard Thompson
The two keynote speeches in our conference aim to demystify the general term of “PFIC.” In the first keynote you will learn what these genes do, what can go wrong with the hepatic excretion of bile acids/bile formation, what genetic reports mean, and what the challenges can be in achieving a genetic diagnosis. The second keynote will take a deep dive into each of the genes that have been identified to date, what is understood about the spectrum of each disease, and what still is yet to come.

Considerations Related to Covid & PFIC

Presented by: Dr. Ron Sokol
This talk is dedicated to COVID considerations for PFIC patients and for post transplant patients in relation to risks, vaccination, and other concerns. Dr. Sokol will give a presentation based on current knowledge and understanding of COVID and how it relates to our community. He will leave time for questions relating to the topic.

PFIC 101: What is PFIC?

Presented by: Dr. James Squires
Dr. Squires has graciously agreed to give a talk that is geared toward the young patient. He is planning to give a short talk with visuals and then leave himself open to questions. This is PFIC 101 in its most basic way. Although it is geared toward the young patient, anyone could benefit from the simple explanations and visuals Dr. Squires provides. View this video with your child and learn together!