Quarterly Meeting – March 15, 2015

I am so excited and proud to announce that we will have Dr. Joshua Milner speaking at our (almost) Spring meeting!  This is an absolutely amazing opportunity to learn about allergic conditions – such as those involving mast cells – that affect people with EDS.

Dr. Joshua Milner, M.D.

“Keeping it in the family: the intersection of mast cell abnormalities and connective tissue disorders.”

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time (NEW TIME):
1:30pm – 4:30pm

LARGE Conference Room (Upstairs)
Tenleytown Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Metro: Tenleytown-AU


For those that do not know Dr. Milner, he is the Chief of the Genetics and Pathogenesis of Allergy Section and and Chief of the Allergic Inflammation Unit  in the Laboratory of Allergic Diseases at NIAD.  He works in the clinic treating patients and pursuing his research interests, which involve studying atopic dermatitis. He utilized both patients and mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms of atopy (the genetic tendency to develop the classic allergic diseases — atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), and asthma), analyze patients in the clinic with atopy, and to search for novel diseases that cause atopy.

You can read about his search for novel diseases here: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/Pages/PLAID.aspx

Joshua Milner graduated with an S.B. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995 and an M.D. with distinction in immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2000. He was the recipient of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellowship and did his fellowship in allergy and immunology at NIAID. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. William Paul, NIAID, examining issues of mouse T-cell receptor repertoires. He was in the NIAID Clinical Research Transition Program immediately prior to being named chief of AIU as a clinical tenure-track investigator in NIAID.

On a more personal note, many people may not think this applies to them.  I was one of those people, until I realized that it was not normal to be insanely itchy and that I had been ignoring allergic symptoms my entire life.  I was lucky enough to be treated by Dr. Milner, who has helped me immensely in my quest to control my EDS symptoms.  Since he is not taking patients outside of his clinical trial, this is a great chance to ask him questions in a relaxed, informal setting.

I hope to see you all there!
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