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Free all-day web seminar broadcast of the American Autoimmune Diseases Assoc. conference on autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Summit in Washington, DC on March 3-4, 2010, at the Liaison Hotel.  This AARDA conference is being co-presented by the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG) The first day of the summit will give a comprehensive look at the global state of autoimmunity. Panelists will cover the scope of the problem, the seeming epidemic increase, environmental influences, public policy, the role of media, the history of research, current research and what is in the future. The second day of the summit is for an invited group of researchers to work collaboratively to produce a report covering opportunities for research and unmet needs.

Follow this web page and you can register for the free web broadcast at


Here is the line up for discussion and speakers.

Who Should Attend?

• Academic and industry researchers
• Federal health agency representatives
• Members of Congress and policy staffers
• Autoimmune patient group representatives
• Autoimmune disease patients
• Medical and health reporters and producers
• Pharmaceutical industry representatives
• Public relations and public affairs representatives
                           View Confirmed Speaker List Below Program

8:30 a.m.      Welcome and Kickoff Speech

9:00 a.m.      Introduction
                        The History of Autoimmunity and
                        American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

9:30 a.m.      Panel Discussion #1:
                        The Escalating Problem of Autoimmune Diseases:
                        Investigating the Epidemic Increase in Incidence and Cost

10:45 a.m.    BREAK

11:00 a.m.    Panel Discussion #2:
                        Public Policy and Autoimmunity:
                        Discussion of the State of Autoimmune Diseases Advocacy

12:00 Noon    LUNCH Keynote: Actress Melissa Joan Hart

1:15 p.m.      Panel Discussion #3
                        Communicating the Issue:
                        The Media's Role in Public Health Information Dissemination

2:00 p.m.    Panel Discussion #4
                      Exploring the Foundation of Autoimmunity:
                      Detailing the History of Autoimmunity Research and its Ramifications Today

2:30 p.m.     Panel Discussion #5
                       The Road to a Cure:
                       Cutting Edge Research Discoveries in Autoimmunity and Autoimmune Diseases

3:15 p.m.      BREAK

3:30 p.m.      Panel Discussion #6
                        Innovative Therapies:
                        What's in the Pipeline for Autoimmune Diseases?

4:15 p.m.      Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m.      Reception

Confirmed Speakers:

Panel #1

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 #2

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)

Panel #3

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 #4

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

Panel #5

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 #6

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)

  The Summit is presented by:

• American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)
• National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG)

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Do you know if they will have a podcast for us who live overseas?
393685 tn?1425812522
not sure - I'll have to check.. the link I have here - may have that information too.
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