Join us for the Autoimmune Community Summit, October 21 & 22. It’s designed for patients, care partners, and advocates — it’s FREE and virtual!

Search Autoimmune Association
Share this article
Pf Highlights

Detroit Public Forum December 2017

The Autoimmune Association hosted a public forum for the Metro Detroit area Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Second Ebenezer Church.  Thank you to the autoimmune patients, their families,  the physicians and the general public that pushed their way through our first winter storm to attend the event.


We had experts to speak on the following topics:

What is Autoimmunity?

Virginia Ladd, President and Executive Director, Autoimmune Association

Virgina Ladd Dpf X Virginia Ladd Dpf X

Women and Autoimmunity

Rita Baron-Faust, Author of “the autoimmune connection” and “Being Female”; St. Francis College, Adjunct Professor

Rita Barron Faust Dpf X

The Importance of Early Diagnosis (in Rheumatoid Arthritis)

David Fox, MD, Rheumatology, University of Michigan Medical Group

Dr David Fox Dpf X


Ora Gewurz-Singer, MD, Rheumatology, University of Michigan Medical Group

Dr Ora Gewurz Singer Dpf X

Autoimmune Diseases of the Brain

Brendan P. Kelley, MD, MSc, Henry Ford Health System

 Dr Brendan P Kelley Dpf X

Lupus and the Skin

Joseph McCune, MD, University of Michigan

Dr Joesph Mccune Dpf

Coping with Autoimmunity

TV News Writer/Producer Nika C. Beamon, Author of “Misdiagnosed:  The Search for Dr. House”

Nika C Beamon Dpf X

Thank you Wrigley’s Pharmacy, American Behcet’s Disease Association, Lupus Detroit, American Diabetes’s Association, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, National Alopecia Areata Foundation for providing valuable resources to the attendees.


And thank you to the DTE foundation for sponsoring the event

Dte Foundation Posweb X

An audio recording of the forum is available upon request, please contact Sandra at

Share this article

Join our email list

Receive the latest blog articles, news, and more right to your inbox!

Related articles you might be interested in

Am Addisons Disease Celiac Mom Story

Addison’s Disease & Celiac Mom Story: “The Autoimmune Snowball”

I was 32 years old.  I had just survived a miserable pregnancy and rough delivery, but instead of gaining my strength back and...
Am Addisons Disease

Addison’s Disease: Overview of Antibodies & Genetic Links

Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency, is an endocrine condition involving destruction of parts of the adrenal gland (which sits atop...
Am Addisons Disease And Pregnancy

Addison’s Disease and Pregnancy

What are some implications for pregnancy with Addison’s disease? Among the many autoimmune diseases, Addison’s stands out as one with an often delayed...

Find more resources on autoimmunity

Learn more about autoimmunity, diagnosis tips, how to find a physician, and more.