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Summer Research Series


Every Friday from July 30 - August 27, 2021

The 2021 Summer Research Series created a space for Foundation-funded investigators to share their work and collaborate with others. Thank you so much to everyone who presented and attended this year's series. 

Please visit the links below for recordings of each session.




Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Moderated by: Alfred Kim, MD, PhD

Topics and Presenters:

  • Defining Susceptibility to Lupus Inflammation, Richard Bucala, MD PhD, Yale University
  • Signaling Pathways Regulating ABCs, Alessandra Pernis, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Rediscovering Ro52 in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Felipe Andrade, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • An RNA Mechanism in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Henri Tiedge, PhD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Microglia-Specific Transcriptional Signatures in Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of SLE, Carla Cuda, PhD, Northwestern University 

Read more about each presentation here


Novel Insights in Connective Tissue Disease

Moderated by: David Fernandez, MD

Topics and Presenters:

  • Centromeres and Scleroderma, David Markovitz, MD, University of Michigan
  • Antiphospholipid Antibodies in COVID-19, Jason Knight, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Regulation of Renal IL-17 Signaling in Antibody-Mediated Kidney Diseases, Sarah Gaffen, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dysregulated Ciliogenesis in Scleroderma: Novel Pathogenic Mechanism, John Varga, MD, University of Michigan

Read more about each presentation here


Advances in the Treatment of Inflammatory Arthritis

Moderated by: Eric M. Ruderman, MD

Topics and Presenters:

  • Novel Treatment Strategies Targeting Synovial Stroma for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cong-Qiu Chu, MD, PhD
  • Self-Reactive CD4+ T Cells Drive Autoantibody Production in Ectopic Lymphoid Aggregates in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Laura Su, MD, PhD
  • The Role of Citrullination in the Processing and Presentation of Autoantigens in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Erika Darrah, PhD
  • Epidemiology of Multimorbidity in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bryant England, MD
  • Plasticity of Innate Lymphoid Cells and their Potential Pathological Roles in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Kentaro Yomogida, MD
  • Disease Recapture after Drug Discontinuation and Flare in JIA, Sarah, Ringold, MD

Read more about each presentation here


Advances in Osteoarthritis

Moderated by: Anne-Marie Malfait, MD

Topics and Presenters:

  • MAGI-3 as a New Target for Therapy of Osteoarthritis, Bin Wang, PhD
  • Inhibition of CD38 and Supplementation with Nicotinamide Riboside as Novel Approaches for Osteoarthritis, Ru L. Bryan, PhD
  • Role of Biomarkers in the Osteoarthritis Pathway After Joint Injury, Elizabeth Wellsandt, PhD, DPT
  • Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mind-body Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis, Chenchen Wang, MD, MSC

Read more about each presentation here


Health Services Research

Moderated by: Daniel K. White, PT, ScD, MSC

Topics and Presenters:

  • Improving Decision-Making in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Concomitant Cancer Considering Immune Checkpoint Inhibition, Maria Angeles Lopez-Olivo, MD, PhD
  • Improving Treat-to-Target by Incorporating the Patient Perspective, Betty Hsiao, MD
  • Telehealth-delivered Healthcare to Improve Care (THRIVE) in Community-Practice Rheumatology, Swamy Venuturupalli, MD

Read more about each presentation here

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