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Women and Autoimmune Disease | 30 Years of the NIH Revitalization Act

March 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

June 2023 will mark the 30th anniversary of the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, which established guidelines for the inclusion of women and minorities in all NIH-funded research. WHAM is excited to recognize the anniversary of this historic Act by hosting a series of virtual (and in-person) events throughout the year, exploring what’s changed, what hasn’t, and where we need to go next.

Despite some advances in our understanding of certain areas of women and autoimmune disease in the last 30 years, the field appears to still be largely understudied and underfunded. Patients see an average of six doctors over more than a four-year period before they get a diagnosis and 80% of autoimmune disease patients are women – that is 40 million women in the United States alone. Patients have also typically already been experiencing autoimmune inflammation for an average of 10 years before diagnosis.

Join WHAM for this roundtable dialogue to learn more about where we are today with women and autoimmune disease and where we need to be, featuring:

  • Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, Professor of Medicine and Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Director, Johns Hopkins Myositis Precision Medicine Center of Excellence
  • Carolee Lee, CEO and Founder, Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM)
  • Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, Professor, President and CEO, La Jolla Institute for Immunology
  • Dr. Sonia Sharma, Associate Professor, La Jolla Institute for Immunology



March 9, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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