Autoimmune Disease Research Center

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The 16th Annual Autoimmunity Day will be held on June 6, 2014 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 - Anna Baetjer room - W1030
9:00am - 10:00am Keynote speaker - Ian R. Mackay, M.D.
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Monash University, Australia
"The Autoimmune Diseases-histories and mysteries"
10:00am - 10:30am Erika Darrah, Ph.D.
Division of Rheumatology, Dept. of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, SOM
"Enzyme activating antibodies in severe rheumatoid arthritis"
10:30am - 11:00am Break - Light Refreshments - Anna Baetjer room - W1030
11:00am - 11:30am Anthony Gaspari, M.D.
Department of Dermatology, University of MD, SOM
"Toll-like receptors and the ultraviolet light response in the skin"
11:30am - 12:00pm Lisa Christopher-Stine, M.D., MPH
Johns Hopkins Myositis Center, Johns Hopkins University
"Statin Myopathy: An autoimmune disease?"
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH - Anna Baetjer room - W1030
Afternoon Session Daniela Cihakova, M.D., Ph.D. - Moderator
1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote speaker - Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
"Innate and adaptive triggers of systemic autoimmune diseases"
2:00pm - 2:30pm Marsha Wills-Karp, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Colonization with specific gut-residing bacteria enhance susceptibility to allergic ashtma"
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break - Light Refreshments - Anna Baetjer room - W1030
3:00pm - 3:30pm Jobert Barin, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology, Division of Immunology, Johns Hopkins SOM
"The commensal microbiota programs inflammatory cardiac remodeling"
3:30pm - 4:00pm Suzanne Topalian, M.D.
Department of Surgery & Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, SOM
Director, Melanoma Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
"PD-1 pathway blockade: Mobilizing the immune system to treat cancer"

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, Noel R Rose Director, 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