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Mariana J. Kaplan, MD, is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Systemic Autoimmunity Branch as well as Deputy Scientific Director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH.

Dr. Kaplan’s research has focused on unraveling fundamental mechanisms involved in immunologic tolerance, and enhancing the understanding of the innate and adaptive immune pathways crucial to the initiation and perpetuation of autoimmune responses in systemic lupus erythematosus and other autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. In addition, she has focused on identifying immunologic pathways that lead to specific clinical phenotypes and promote end-organ damage in systemic autoimmunity. She has published over 230 peer reviewed manuscripts related to her research.

Dr. Kaplan is an active clinician and teacher, serves as Deputy Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatology, and has served in numerous roles at the American College of Rheumatology/Rheumatology Research Foundation, the American Association of Immunologists, and the Lupus Foundation of America. She is the recipient of many honors including the Edmund L. Dubois Memorial Lectureship, the Evelyn V. Hess Award, and the Charles L. Christian Award. She is an elected member of the ASCI, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine.

This event will be moderated by Heidi H. Kong, MD, MHSc, ASCI Councilor, Senior Investigator and Chief of the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section, Dermatology, NIAMS, and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.