Autoimmune Disease Research Center

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The 15th Annual Autoimmunity Day was held on June 7, 2013 from 8:00am - 4:00pm at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in Becton Dickinson- W1020.

Morning Session Patrizio Caturegli, M.D., MPH- Moderator
8:00am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast - JHSPH courtyard
9:00am - 10:00am Keynote speaker- Abul Abbas, M.D.
Professor and Chair- Dept of Pathology, University of CA, San Francisco
Controlling Autoimmunity: The Effector/Regulatory T Cell Balance
10:00am - 10:30am Franck Housseau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept of Oncology-Cancer Immunology, Johns Hopkins University, SOM
"Bacteroides fragillis and microbial induction of colorectal cancer"
10:30am - 11:00am Break - Light Refreshments - JHSPH courtyard
11:00am - 11:30am Violeta Rus, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology University of MD, SOM
Role of IL-21 in lupus
11:30am - 12:00pm Jonathan Schneck, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Medicine and Oncology, Dept of Pathology, Division of Immunology, Johns Hopkins University SOM, Johns Hopkins Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE)
Artificial Antigen Presenting Cells, aAPC: A platform technology for immunomodulation
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH- Anna Baetjer room-W1030
Afternoon Session Daniela Cihakova, M.D., Ph.D. - Moderator
1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote speaker- Richard Flavell, Ph.D., FRS
Sterling Professor and Chair- Dept of Immunobiology, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Humanized Mice to Study the Human Condition
2:00pm - 2:30pm Susan Hutfless, Ph.D.
Instructor, Dept of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins SOM
Infections and Antibiotics: Are there links to Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break- Light Refreshments- JHSPH courtyard
3:00pm - 3:30pm Anne Gocke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University, SOM
The Immunoregulatory Role of Kv1.3 Deletion in EAE
3:30pm - 4:00pm Fengyi Wan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, JHBSPH
"Role of a novel KH domain protein in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis"

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Autoimmune Disorders, and American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. For more information please contact Kathy Spinnato at 410-955-0330 or by e-mail

The First Autoimmunity Day was held on June 22 1999 and included the following speakers: Drs. John Stone, Mark Soloski, Antony Rosen, Henry Lau, Jonathan Schneck, Allan Hess, and Drew Pardoll.

Advisory Board
Scientific Board

Dr. Antony Rosen
Dr. Jonathan Schneck
Dr. Abraham Kupfer
Dr. Drew Pardoll
Dr. Neal Halsey
Dr. Stephen Desiderio
Dr. Jay Brooks Jackson
Dr. Daniel Drachman
Dr. Mark Soloski
Dr. Diane Griffin
Dr. Grant Anhalt
We are grateful for support from the American Autoimmune-Related Disease Association and Ms. Linda Otto.

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Questions about autoimmunity? E-mail Dr. Caturegli