Date: October 5, 2012

About: Ten specialists from across the country came together in this roundtable to discuss autoimmune diseases, which affect 20-50 millionAmericans. They were tasked to examine and explain mechanisms for the disparity in rates of autoimmune disease between men and women and to comment on the role of specific environmental factors that may be involved in the rise in many autoimmune diseases in recent years.

Each member of the group was charged to comment on:

  • Their relevant research interests
  • Sex-specific mechanisms and environmental exposures contributing to the rise of autoimmunity

Moderator: Chris Carter, PhD, MPH


  • S. Ansar Ahmed, DVM, PhD, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Divaker Choubey, PhD, University of Cincinnati
  • Glinda Cooper, PhD, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • DeLisa Fairweather, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Kathleen Gilbert, PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Fred Miller, MD, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH
  • Marc Monestier, MD, PhD, Temple University
  • Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Christine Parks, PhD, MSPH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH
  • Bruce Richardson, MD, PhD, University of Michigan

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