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COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease: What We Know Now

August 25, 2020

A compilation of the most recent information out there on the relationship between COVID-19 and autoimmune disease

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Dr. Noel Rose autoimmune disease researcher at Johns Hopkins

Autoimmune Researcher Dr. Noel Rose Dies

August 10, 2020

The esteemed “father of autoimmunity” has passed, but his gifts to science and research live on. Read more about his life and legacy in The Scientist.

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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease

*updated August 12, 2020

Get up-to-date information about the coronavirus pandemic as it relates to chronic conditions. Check out prevention and self-care tips, plus our list of curated resources for autoimmune disease and mental health.

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Past Events

Teleheath a silver lining in healthcare during COVID-19, photo of Dr. Benny Kurzner

Saturday August 29th
11:00 AM ET

Online event

One of the most practical applications of Telehealth is that it allows for a contact-free approach to healthcare – perfect for protecting patients and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as Dr. Benny Kerzner and many others believe, the benefits of Telehealth could go even further. Telehealth has the potential to improve access to healthcare, especially for disadvantaged patients.

Dr. Kerzner is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and the Clinical Director of the Celiac Disease Clinic at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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Virtual support group meeting

Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday August 29th, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoom

Join us to chat with other #chronicillnesswarriors in the San Diego autoimmune community. We’ll check in with each other, share how we’re coping with our illnesses during these uncertain times, and be reminded that we’re not in this alone!

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Virtual support group meeting

Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday July 25th, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoom

Join us to chat with other #chronicillnesswarriors in the San Diego autoimmune community. We’ll check in with each other, share how we’re coping with our illnesses during these uncertain times, and be reminded that we’re not in this alone!

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday June 20th, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoom

Come chat with other #chronicillnesswarriors in the San Diego autoimmune community.

A lot is going on right now – what emotions have been coming up for you recently? How is your health? In what ways are you practicing self-care?

Connect with others who are in the same boat and know that you are not in this alone.

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Gluten Free Education Day 2020

Sunday June 14th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET

Online event

Our 2020 Washington D.C. Gluten-Free Education Day looked a little bit different this year! The Celiac Program at Children’s National Hospital and the Global Autoimmune Institute hosted a virtual education experience featuring speakers from around the United States sharing the latest research and knowledge about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday May 9th, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoom

Come chat with other #chronicillnesswarriors in the San Diego autoimmune community. What have your days been like? How has managing your illness changed in the past couple months?

Gather helpful tips, be reminded that we may be physically apart but we can still be social, and know that you’re not in this alone.

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday April 11th, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Zoom

As we’re a couple weeks in, let’s meet on video chat and talk about how we’re doing. How is the current situation affecting our heath?

It’s different for everyone, as each one of us is experiencing the pandemic in different ways – stress and fatigue from the kids being home, financial strain, anxiety and fear of the virus, overwhelm and confusion, symptom flare-ups from getting sick, cabin fever…

Come chat about how you’re feeling, be reminded that we may be physically apart but we can still be social, and help support others in the autoimmune community.

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Biennial Celiac Disease Symposium

EVENT CANCELLED!

March 6-7th, 2020
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Faculty House
Columbia University
New York City, NY

Celiac disease, now and the future, is an international symposium hosted by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. This is a scientific program designed for those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease, including physicians, scientists, industry (pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and food & agriculture) and investor/venture capitalists.

Celiac disease is very common, affecting about 1% of the population.  Current therapy is dietary; however, there is increasing interest in non-dietary alternatives.  This conference presents a unique opportunity to bring together those interested in the development of non-dietary therapies for celiac disease.

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday February 15th, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA

How We Talk About Our Health

Let’s talk about how you communicate your chronic illness. Do you have an “elevator speech” for friends, family, and new people you meet? How do you respond to comments like: “you don’t look sick” “it could be worse” “what can you even eat?”

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday January 18th, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA

Getting Sick While Chronically Ill

Let’s talk about how we handle getting hit by the flu or a harsh cold. Does getting sick cause symptoms to worsen and how? Are there certain things you do to prevent getting sick or speed up your healing time? When do you go to the doctor, or do you usually manage it on your own?

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Congressional Briefing on Celiac Disease!

Tuesday January 14th, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC 268)

Panelists, including the Celiac Group from Children’s National, spoke up about the serious need for federal funding to fuel medical research.

The session was recorded and is now available to watch!

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday December 21st, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA

Navigating the Holiday Season with a Chronic Illness

This season tends to be a blurry of activity, with parties, travel, cooking, and kids home from school. It can be a fun time of year, but the expectations and potential stress also make it a challenging one.

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Autoimmune Aware Support Group

Saturday November 16th, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
9005 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA

Flares and How We Manage Them

Join us to talk about those moments when you feel your worst, and how you get through them. What do your flares look like? How often do they happen? What triggers them?

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Microbiome: Therapeutic Implications
Killarney, Ireland

October 2019 Conference

The gut microbiome is integral to our mental and physical health. Certain autoimmune diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and type 1 diabetes, exhibit microbiomes that differ from those of healthy individuals.

As microbiome research steadily increases, a massive amount of data on the communities of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit our bodies is being collected. And not surprisingly, what we’re learning as we move forward is just how much we don’t know about these organisms and the complex ecosystems they’re a part of.

How do we harness what we do know to design successful therapies that prevent and manage disease, optimizing the health of our population?

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Gluten-Free Education Day and Expo
Washington, DC

Sunday October 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

The annual EXPO is back! 60+ gluten-free food manufacturers and restaurants sampling the best foods on the market!

Full-day of educational sessions with forums for children and adults that focus on cooking, health and nutrition, as well as research/science concerning gluten-related conditions.

Cooking stage with gluten-free cooking lessons!

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Paris Eiffel Tower for Celiac Disease Conference

International Celiac Disease Symposium
Paris, France

September 2019 Conference

 

Celiac disease may be the most widely known autoimmune condition, but there are still many questions to be answered about genetics, microbiota, diagnostics, the gluten-free diet, and other potential treatments. At the September 2019 ICDS Conference in Paris, France, many of the foremost experts in celiac disease presented their work on various topics to rooms full of gastroenterologists, pediatricians, dieticians, and celiac-related organizations and programs. It was a packed few days, illuminating a number of controversies in the realm of celiac disease, IBS, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

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Digestive Disease Week
San Diego, CA

May 2019 Conference

Digestive diseases are acute or chronic conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. They range from autoimmune diseases like celiac and Crohn’s to pancreatic and liver cancers, Barrett’s esophagus, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The May 2019 DDW Conference in San Diego, California supported the largest international gathering of top physicians, researchers, and industry leaders in the fields of gastroenterology, endoscopy, hepatology, and gastrointestinal surgery. They discussed advancements in autoimmune and other diseases related to the gastrointestinal system, as well as what the future holds for diagnosis and treatment of these types of conditions.

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Controversies in Rheumatology & Autoimmunity
Florence, Italy

March 2019 Conference

 

As the root cause of autoimmunity is still being explored, we are constantly examining the way this category of diseases is diagnosed, managed, and treated. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and as such, there is ample room for debates on topics like pharmaceutical drugs, diagnostic tests, and disease risk factors. 

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Walkway at the Salk Institute, San Diego, CA for Microbes within the Host Conference

Microbes within the Host at Salk Institute
San Diego, CA

January 2019 Conference

 

Our understanding of the human body and the way it interacts with the environment has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. The discovery that microbes – including fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites – were responsible for terrible disease, led us to wage war on pathogens and greatly improve human health. But we are now realizing that most microorganisms are not harmful and in fact, are completely essential to human life. The blooming field of microbiome science is shifting perspectives on the way we live and the way we view the natural world.

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