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Lupus Foundation of America, Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute to Host Lupus Community Event

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WHAT:  This Saturday at the AHN Autoimmunity Institute, world-renowned experts in lupus from the Lupus Foundation of America and AHN will present an educational program for individuals with lupus – one of the most common and debilitating autoimmune conditions. Attendees of the program will learn the latest information with regard to living with the disease, ranging from how lupus affects the kidneys, to proper nutrition and exercise regimens. Latest research advancements in lupus and information regarding clinical trials will also be shared. Lastly, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with other members of the lupus community.

Saturday, June 29, 2019; 9:00 – 11:00 AM


  • Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, Chair, AHN Medicine Institute
  • Joseph Ahearn, MD, Chair, AHN Autoimmunity Institute
  • Sonia Manocha, MD, AHN rheumatology
  • Swati Arora, MD, AHN nephrology
  • Betsy Blazek-O’Neill, MD, AHN integrative medicine
  • Colleen Ereditario, Manager, AHN Healthy Food Center
  • Desiree Wienand, Lupus Foundation of America  

AHN Autoimmunity Institute
West Penn Hospital
Mellon Pavilion, Suite 250

WHY:  Lupus is a debilitating autoimmune disease that predominantly affects young women and minorities. An estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. are living with some form of the disease and approximately one in every 250 African Americans is impacted. Providing highly specialized care for patients with lupus and the more than 100 types of autoimmune diseases are the caregivers at the AHN Autoimmunity Institute. A first of its kind and opened in 2018,  the Autoimmunity Institute brings together a range of specialty clinicians at one location to provide well-coordinated, individualized care. Notably, the Institute meets the complex needs of patients with one or more autoimmune conditions who have previously had to see numerous specialists in an uncoordinated fashion, and often remained undiagnosed or untreated for several years.  

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Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Candace Herrington at 412.951.8193.   


About the Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America at For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.