Northern Michigan University Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in conjunction with the Race for RP are pleased to be joined by the Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation, the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute, and American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) in presenting a Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases. The event will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019.

We are committed to advancing a broader conversation to transform the diagnosis and care of patients with autoimmune diseases. We continue our collaborative approach driving innovative research, education and supporting clinical trials in our relentless pursuit of a cure.

Intended Audience and Participants Include:

Primary Healthcare Providers • Advanced Practice Providers • Registered Nurses

Relapsing polychondritis patients are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to RSVP please contact

Call: (906) 227-2834

Earn 3 complimentary CEU’s from NMU school of nursing or 3 CME’s courtesy of UPHS-Marquette.*


Friday, September 20, 2019

Reynolds Recital Hall

Northern Michigan University Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in Conjunction with the Race for RP Present: A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases

1:00pm:  Autoimmune Disorders: When the Immune System Attacks
2:30pm:  Spotlight on a Rare Autoimmune Disease: Relapsing Polychondritis
3:20pm:  Panel Discussion: Living with a Chronic Autoimmune Disorder
5:00pm: Social/Dinner/Program ($50 – limited seating – cocktail attire)
6:15pm: Dinner
7:15pm: Program – Diana Jordan, University Center

Saturday, September 21

9am – 11 am: Open House and Simulation Lab Experience
Optional Campus Tours with Student Nurses
West Science

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Keynote Speakers

Susan Manzi, MD, MPH

Dr. Manzi serves as Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Medicine Institute and Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Board of Directors. Dr. Manzi cares for patients from around the world who travel to Pittsburgh seeking her expertise in the diagnosis and management of hard-to-treat autoimmune conditions, particularly lupus. As a leader in her field, she has played a critical role in advancing quality, innovation and best practices that have significantly improved the treatment of patients with autoimmune illnesses. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed a medical internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology in Pittsburgh, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Joseph M. Ahearn, MD

Dr. Ahearn serves as Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute. He graduated with academic distinction from Cornell University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he received the Johns Hopkins Medical Society Student Research Award for his research related to lupus. Dr. Ahearn completed his medical internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, during which time he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical honor society. He completed his fellowship in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Emily Somers, PhD, ScM

Dr. Somers specializes in autoimmune diseases, particularly lupus, with her work spanning epidemiologic, clinical and translational research, including the design and conduct of clinical trials. She has performed leading population-based studies of lupus epidemiology in the USA and Europe.  She directs the Michigan Lupus Epidemiology & Surveillance (MILES) Program, which includes a state-of-the-art Registry, Longitudinal Cohort and Biobank designed to investigate risk factors for the development and progression of SLE.  She also served on the expert committee that recently developed the first-ever National Public Health Agenda for Lupus.  Dr. Somers received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Population Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2006, an Sc.M. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1999, and a B.S. in Biology and Music from the University of Michigan in 1997.

*UP Health System – Marquette is Accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UP Health System – Marquette designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.