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Item Pink Archived Video Webcast
  Autoimmune Diseases Summit : The Global State of Autoimmunity Today
Original Broadcast Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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Welcome and Kickoff Speech (view)

Introduction (view)
The History of Autoimmunity and
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
Panel Discussion #1 (view)
The Escalating Problem of Autoimmune Diseases:
Investigating the Epidemic Increase in Incidence and Cost

  • Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author of The Autoimmune Epidemic
  • Glinda Cooper, PhD, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • M. Eric Gershwin, MD, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Davis
  • Christine Parks, Research Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • Frederick W. Miller, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Environmental Autoimmunity Group, NIEHS

Panel Discussion #2 (view)
Public Policy and Autoimmunity:
Discussion of the State of Autoimmune Diseases Advocacy

  • Virginia T. Ladd, President and Executive Director, AARDA
  • Phyllis E. Greenberger, MSW, Society for Women's Health Research
  • Stanley M. Finger, PhD, Chairman of the Board, AARDA
  • Betty Diamond, MD, Center Head, Department of Autoimmune Diseases, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, AARDA
  • Michael Amos, PhD, National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Actress Melissa Joan Hart

Panel Discussion #3 (view)
Communicating the Issue:
The Media's Role in Public Health Information Dissemination

  • Rita Baron-Faust, MPH, CHES, Author of The Autoimmune Connection
  • Margery Rosen, freelance writer
  • Peggy Peck, Vice President and Executive Editor, MedPage Today
  • Becca McDevitt, WJLA-TV, Washington, DC

Panel Discussion #4 (view)
Exploring the Foundation of Autoimmunity:
Detailing the History of Autoimmunity Research and its Ramifications Today

  • Noel R. Rose, MD, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, Chairman Emeritus of the Scientific Advisory Board, AARDA

Panel Discussion #5 (view)
The Road to a Cure:
Cutting Edge Research Discoveries in Autoimmunity and Autoimmune Diseases

  • Dr. Robert Carter, Deputy Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skins Diseases (NIAMS)
  • Daniel Rotrosen, MD, Director, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT), National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases(NIAID)
  • Dr. David Norris, Chair of the Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Medical Center
  • Jerrold J. Heindel, Ph.D., Scientific Program Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Panel Discussion #6 (view)
Innovative Therapies:
What's in the Pipeline for Autoimmune Diseases?

  • Anthony Hayward, Division Director, National Center for Research Resources, NCRR
  • Katherine Morland Hammit, MA, Vice President of Research, Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
  • Cartier Esham, PhD, Director, Emerging Companies Health and Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Closing Remarks (view)


- View Program and Speaker List

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The Summit is presented by:
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)
National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG)