May 19, 2023
The Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc., and MMRI teamed up on May 19 at the MMRI campus in Utica. Local leaders, patient advocates, and scientists alike came together to both raise awareness and celebrate the positive steps made towards combating lupus. More than 1.5 million Americans, and 5 million people worldwide, have lupus, a devastating autoimmune disease that breaks down the body’s own immune system.
Attendees included State Senator Joseph A. Griffo; Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon; Assemblyman Brian D. Miller; Former Assemblyman John Salka, who is the Director of Community Relations for Congressman Brandon Williams; Oneida County Director of Public Health Dr. Daniel Gilmore; Regional Director at Empire State Development, Allison Madmoune; members of LADA’s Board of Directors; members of MMRI’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Committee. The event headline speakers included Kathleen Arntsen, President and CEO of LADA, and Maria Kontaridis, Ph.D., Executive Director, and Gordon K. Moe Professor and Chair of Biomedical Research and Translational Medicine at MMRI, whose research efforts are, in part, dedicated to lupus research.
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