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2017 Summit Summary

Autoimmunity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Every March Autoimmune Association holds a summit to bring together the autoimmune disease community. Our goal for this event is to raise awareness of new developments in autoimmune disease research and to create and foster collaborations. On March 28, 2017, Autoimmune Association hosted “Autoimmunity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The following are recordings of the session that were held throughout the day. View the full playlist here, or view individual videos below.


Welcome and Opening 

Steve Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation


Barriers: Access to Health Care

Moderator – Stephanie Hales, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Gavin Clingham, Director of Public Policy, Alliance for Patient Access

Candace DeMatteis, Policy Director, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Steve Gibson, Patient Advocate


Affordable Care Act and Autoimmune Patients

Sidley Austin LLP Partner Stephanie Hales in conversation with National Health Council CEO Marc M. Boutin


Coming to Market:  The Current and Future Autoimmune Pipeline

Moderator/Speaker – Stanley Finger, PhD, Vice Chair, Autoimmune Association Board of Directors

James Chung, MD, PhD, Global Development Executive and Medical Director, Amgen

Pamela Spicer, Analyst, Informa’s Pharma Intelligence


Epidemiology of Autoimmune Diseases

Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M., Associate Professor of Medicine, Environmental Health and OB/GYN

University of Michigan School of Public Health


Autoimmunity:  The Next 25 Years

Autoimmune Association Executive Director Virginia Ladd speaks about the successes of the last 25 years and the path for the next 25 years.


ARNet – Patient Powered Research

Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation Executive Director and ARNet Administrator Tom Christie in conversation with Marcela Ferrada, MD, a fellow at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

 and see Autoimmune Association Executive Director Virginia Ladd talk about ARNet here 


Autoimmunity:  The Next 25 Years

Autoimmune Association Executive Director Virginia Ladd speaks about the successes of the last 25 years and the path for the next 25 years.


The Frontiers of Autoimmune Research

Moderator – Noel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman Emeritus, Autoimmune Association Scientific Advisory Board, and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

Benjamin Larman, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, The Larman Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Mark R. Zielinksi, Ph.D., VA Boston Healthcare System and Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

William Eaton, Ph.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Closing Keynote Speakers

Audience members heard from two very special and inspiring women who know firsthand about living with autoimmune disease – Los Angeles Autoimmune Walk founder Barbara Ramm and her daughter Haley Ramm, star of ABC Family’s critically acclaimed series Chasing Life and recent guest star on the CW’s The Originals and ABC’s Mistresses.


Close and Wrap-up

Steve Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation


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