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12th Annual Autoimmunity Day date announced: June 4, 2010
(posted December 17, 2009)

More info to be posted...

11th Annual Autoimmunity Day date announced: June 5, 2009
(posted April 15, 2009)

The 11th Annual Autoimmunity Day will be held on June 5, 2009 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Sheldon Lecture Hall of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Keynote Speakers:
Lawrence Steinman (Stanford Univeristy)
George Tsokos (Harvard University)
Local Speakers:
Daniel B. Drachman (Neurology, SOM
Kamal Moudgil (Microbiology & Immunology of University of Maryland)
Jonathan Powell (Oncology, SOM)
Antony Rosen (Rheumatology, SOM)
Barbara Wasowska (Pathology, SOM)

Click here for more information or please contact Kathy Spinnato at 410-955-0330 or by email kspinnat@jhsph.edu.

10th Annual Autoimmunity Day date announced: June 13, 2008
(posted January 14, 2008)

The 10th Annual Autoimmunity Day will be held on June 13, 2008 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Stephen D. Miller (Northwestern Univeristy): An Antigen-Specific Tolerance Strategy for Therapy of Murine Models of MS and Type 1 Diabetes-Mechanisms and Clinical Prospects.
Dr. Stephen Katz (National Institutes of Health)
Dr. Joseph Craft (Yale University): Effector T Cell and Function in Autoimmunity

Local Speakers:
Dr. Charles Drake (SOM): Sex Differences and Autoimmune Disease
Dr. DeLisa Fairweather (BSPH)
Dr. Andrew Zimmerman (Kennedy Krieger)
Dr. Shukti Chakravarti (SOM)

Click here for more information or please contact Robin McCargo at 410-955-0330.

9th Annual Autoimmunity Day date announced: June 1, 2007
(posted February 15, 2007)

The 9th Annual Autoimmunity Day will be held on June 1, 2007 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. John Harley of The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is a specialist in the genetics of lupus.
Dr. Matthais von Herrath of the LaJolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is studying animal models of type 1 diabetes mellitus.

For more information please contact Tracey Johnson at tljohnso@jhsph.edu.
Click here for the AutoImmunity Day Page


Cell/Tissue Damage and the Autoimmune Response: An Autoimmune Diseases Association Scientific Colloquium
(posted February 15, 2007)

The Autoimmune Diseases Association Scientific Advisory Board and the Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research would like to announce a major scientific colloquium on Cell/Tissue Damage and the Autoimmune Response to be held on April 27- 29, 2007 at the Mt.Washington Conference Center in Baltimore, MD.

This unique colloquium will bring together scientific investigators of diverse backgrounds and approaches for discussion and conversation on cell/tissue damage in the autoimmune diseases.

For more information please contact Tracey Johnson at tljohnso@jhsph.edu.

A new section has begun... The Diseases

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce a new section of our web site entitled "The Diseases". The goal is to provide key information on the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. The material is written mainly for patients and their families, but also for physicians looking for a refreshing summary.

We are starting with the autoimmune diseases of the skin. The plan is to cover all the autoimmune diseases overthe next year. This will also give us an accurate count of how many human diseases are considered autoimmune. We still do not know exactly, and quotes vary from 40 to 90 diseases.

I take the opportunity to express our thanks to all of you who have sent us donations. Your help is extremely appreciated. It is used exclusively to advance research in autoimmunity. In fact, I am pleased to inform you that your donations have contributed to the purchasing of a DNA sequencer. This equipment will be helpful in characterizing the genes expressed in organs targeted by the autoimmune attack.

Yours comments and suggestions, as always, are appreciated.

Yours truly,
Patrizio Caturegli, M.D.
Associate Director



Increased interest of the US government in autoimmune diseases

The National Institutes of Health recently released the Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan. The plan supports the advance of research in autoimmunity at all levels (basic, clinical and public health). If sponsored by Congress, the plan will benefit the many patients affected by autoimmune diseases.



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