LRI Around Town

The LRI has been active in Chicago and the Midwest for years now, and the pace will pick up even more in 2009 and 2010.

See below on what’s happened so far—lupus study groups, receptions and award ceremonies at the University of Chicago, education programs—and let us know if you’d like to propose or participate in a Midwest event coming up!

Ultimately, events bring together people who believe in bold and innovative lupus research.

Come be a part of it!


Educating Midwest Physicians About Lupus

LRI Investigators Bring Midwest Rheumatologists Up To Date

Continuing medical education credit was given for participating in these dynamic conversations with lupus experts

March 18, 2009 “Steps in SLE Pathogenesis—Clues from Genetics”

  • With LRI investigator Chandra Mohan, MD, who discussed the latest understanding of genes associated with lupus and particularly severe cases of the disease.

Chandra Mohan, MD, PhD and Syamal Datta, MD
Chandra Mohan, MD, PhD and Syamal Datta, MD

Robin Harding, Tammy Utset, MD,
and Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD

June 18, 2008Role of Interferon in Lupus”

  • With LRI investigator Mary K. Crow, MD, who discussed new insights in to the role of cell signaling proteins of the immune system called “interferons” that have been implicated in lupus—and might be used some day to treat lupus.
  • See images from this event at Petterino’s Restaurant on North Dearborn Street

December 5, 2007 “Targeted Therapies for Lupus: A Combined Epidemiologic and Biologic Approach”

  • LRI Physician’s Advisory Council member Michelle Petri, MD, discusses new biological therapies in lupus and questions, among other things, why targeted medicines work for some people with lupus, and not for others.

January 24, 2007 “An Update on the Role of Genes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”
(Co-sponsored by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation)

  • With moderator: University of Chicago Rheumatologist Tammy Utset, MD, MPH and presenter Betty P. Tsao, PhD, from division of rheumatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine

“The Chicago lupus research community is making great strides in understanding and treating lupus. Our investment in supporting lupus research in Chicago goes beyond funding novel research grants. We want to promote collaboration, and bring as many talented investigators to lupus research as we possibly can.”

– Darby Tio, past director, LRI Chicago


May 2008

LRI Reception at the University of Chicago
Kathi Buck, Audrey Davis, Tom Bauer,
Arthur Murphy

Guests mingle with LRI researchers.
Guests mingle with LRI researchers.


May 4, 2007—LRI Honored at University of Chicago’s 5th Annual Chicago Convenes Event Celebrating Contribution  to University’s Intellectual Vitality and Success

  • LRI Joins Other University alumni, friends, corporations and foundations in being honored for lifetime gifts to the University of $1 million or more.

University of Chicago President, Robert J. Zimmer, LRI President Margaret G. Dowd, LRI Chicago’s Darby Tio
University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, LRI President Margaret G. Dowd,
LRI Chicago’s Darby Tio. Photo credit: Dan Dry

“The LRI is grateful for this acknowledgement. We have immense faith in the remarkable lupus research that is taking place at this institution, and that it will some day soon make a difference in the lives of people with lupus.”

– LRI President Margaret Dowd

At the time, of the 45 studies funded, four were in Chicago—a $1.2 million investment. In addition, a University of Chicago researcher already completed his 3-year research work.

The dinner program also featured the conferring of the University’s most prestigious award, the University of Chicago Medal, recognizing distinguished service of the highest order, to Gwen and Jules Knapp by the university president.


Five-City Continuing Medical Education Series Launched in Partnership with the Association of Black Cardiologists

Focus on Young Women of Color

In Chicago March 28, 2007

Tammy Utset, MD

The joint programs were held in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit, and were attended by primary care physicians, cardiologists, rheumatologists, and others.