Researchers at Chicago Dinner Speak Passionately of Hurdles and Advances in Lupus Discovery

Seventy champions of lupus research—supporters, donors, and researchers themselves—gathered at the elegant Chicago Club in early summer to learn the latest on finding answers to the chronic autoimmune disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).

An Evening of Outreach, Awareness-Building, and Learning
for LRI Chicago

Committee member Margaret Moy (Long Grove) warmly greeted guests,
their families and friends throughout the reception.
Photos: David Blachman

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“I had no idea so much advancement had occurred in the field,” reported a guest.

“This definitely expanded my knowledge of lupus and the research involved in finding treatments and hopefully a cure,” said another.

LRI President Margaret Dowd

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LRI President Margaret G. Dowd introduced LRI’s newest video and spoke eloquently of the Institute’s enormous successes in changing the field of lupus research over the past decade.

“We’ve worked with volunteers around the country who have been the driving force behind LRI becoming the world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in lupus,” she said. “It is the individuals and families touched by lupus that drives us all towards our goal to cure lupus. I am honored to be a part of it.”

Honorary Dinner Chairpersons, Lynn and Chuck Brewer (right) chat with members of the LRI Young Leadership Council

Honorary Dinner Chairpersons, Lynn and Chuck Brewer (right)
chat with members of the LRI Young Leadership Council
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Hosted by LRI Chicago the evening was generously underwritten by national board members and well-known Chicago philanthropists, John and Kathi Buck. The Bucks and local big-hearted patrons, Lynn and Chuck Brewer (Palatine), served as honorary chairs.

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Dr. Katz

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Rush Professor of Medicine and LRI National Board Member Dr. Robert Katz welcomes guests.

Dr. Katz led the scientific portion of the evening’s agenda.  He movingly recounted how the board voted to fund each of the researchers and how heartening it was to share their outcomes with others in the lupus community.

Three LRI Midwest Researchers, Three Incredible Stories

Mariana J. Kaplan, MDMariana Kaplan, MD, at the University of Michigan talked about her success in finding a biomarker (early marker) for women with lupus at risk for heart disease.

Emily Baechler Gillespie, MDEmily Baechler Gillespie, PhD, at the University of Minnesota spoke of her groundbreaking developments in finding a simple laboratory test to spot impending disease flares. View her presentation

Marcus R. Clark, MDMarcus R. Clark, MD, at the University of Chicago described the advances he’s made in proving his hypothesis that the kidneys of people with lupus may contain B cells that directly promote inflammation and damage in these critical organs.

 

“So many people told me how gratifying it was to get a real understanding of how their donations are making a difference in lupus research—and how those investments are turning in to so much more at the NIH.”

LRI Chicago Representative Robin Harding

LRI Chicago Representative
Robin Harding
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Renee and Cara McKeighan visit with LRI national staff member, Dorey Neilinger.

Kara and Renee McKeighan visit with LRI national staff member, Dorey Neilinger
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Diane Nowik enjoys the reception with family and friends

Committee member Diane Nowik (Barrington) enjoys the reception with family and friends
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Dr. Gillespie talks with the Conlons, guests of LRI Chicago, about the latest in lupus research

Dr. Gillespie talks with the Conlons, guests of LRI Chicago, about the latest in lupus research
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Interested in learning more about the bold research that is making LRI Chicago and the Lupus Research Institute as a whole such a success? Please contact us and find out ways you can get involved and get invitations to upcoming dinners and events! Email us at lupus@lrichicago.org