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What you need to know about autoimmune disease in Houston


           Is it time you learn more about your autoimmune disease?
                                          photo: Pamela Yelinek

A public forum, “What Every American Needs to Know About Autoimmune Disease”, will be hosted by The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. on Saturday the 17th of April 2010 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Marriott Houston Hobby Airport Hotel, Pasadena Room, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston.

Following a welcome message from AARDA President and Executive Director, Virginia T. Ladd, the topic “What is Autoimmunity?” will be presented by Noel R. Rose, M.D., Ph.D. – Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, Baltimore, MD. As a prominent researcher, Dr. Rose has authored more than 30 books on immunology and autoimmune disease. Up next and no stranger to Houstonians, Frank C. Arnett, M.D. – Director, Center of Research Translation in Scleroderma, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, will present “What’s New in Autoimmune Disease Genetic Research? followed by a speaker Q&A. This promises to be an engaging and informative session for those with MS and/or other autoimmune diseases. The day’s agenda will be bookended by Virginia T. Ladd returning to speak to the all important matter of “Coping with an Autoimmune Disease and concluding the program at 4 o’clock.

AARDA is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit health agency and received an educational grant from Genentech in sponsorship of the event. The registration tables open at 12:30 PM but seating is limited so pre-registration is required either by email to or phone to 586-776-3900. The $10 participant fee has been waived thanks to a gift from a generous donor so that means all registered attendees get in free. How often do you get to have three hours instruction from such esteemed educators at no charge?

Living with and treating an autoimmune disease, like Multiple Sclerosis, is challenging at best. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. is hard at work to change that. They recognize and understand that an autoimmune disease like; MS, celiac, lupus, or insulin dependent diabetes, just to name a few of the more than 100 diseases, impact far more than the 50 million actually afflicted. According to their mission statement, they are “dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner.” MSer’s can get excited over the fact that there’s one more organization willing to be their tag-team partner in their fight against MS.



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