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Carol Wallace, MD (Chair)

Dr. Wallace received her MD from the University of Michigan in 1973. She completed both her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the University of Washington. Following this, she was in private practice pediatrics and rheumatology until she joined the University of Washington and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in 1984. Dr. Wallace’s main focus has been the aggressive treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and other Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases. She has published many of the sentinel studies of the use of methotrexate in the treatment of JIA.

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Elizabeth Mellins, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University

Dr. Mellins’ lab focuses on the study of antigen presentation by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules. She has been particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms and intracellular steps involved in the generation of complexes between MHC class II molecules and peptides. Her basic work in this area has elucidated the roles of invariant chain and HLA-DM, two molecules which regulate peptide-loading of class II molecules. She continues to study basic molecular mechanisms in antigen presentation by MHC class II molecules, focusing now on particular events in antigen presentation by B cells. In addition, the lab has an active program to understand the molecular basis of class II associations with autoimmune diseases.

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Christy Sandborg, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University

The major emphasis of Dr. Sandborg’s work in the past decade has been focused on the future of academic pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology through providing training, research opportunities and environments to nurture and challenge future pediatric rheumatologists and subspecialists, and has now expanded to encompass design of new models of care for children with complex chronic illness.

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Yukiko Kimura, MD Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Professor of Pediatrics at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Kimura is the chief of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her research efforts have been directed toward improving the health, treatment and outcomes for patients with JIA and other pediatric rheumatic diseases. She is the current Chair of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), President of CARRA, Inc. and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the CARRA Registry, which is studying the long-term safety of medications being used to treat JIA. Dr Kimura led the development of the CARRA consensus treatment plans (CTPs) for both systemic JIA and polyarticular JIA, which are now being implemented through CARRA Registry-wide comparative effectiveness studies.


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Brian Kotzin, MD

Brian Kotzin, MD completed his medical education at Stanford University and residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital (Harvard) in Boston Massachusetts.  He completed his rheumatology fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Stanford University Medical Center. His ~25 year academic career included major commitments to patient care, research, and teaching.  Interest in clinical research to develop novel therapeutics for rheumatic diseases resulted in Dr. Kotzin joining Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks California in 2004 as Vice President of Global Clinical Development and Head of the Inflammation Therapeutic Area. Positions at Amgen also included Vice President and Head of Medical Sciences, an integrated department comprised of Early Clinical Development, Molecular Sciences, Imaging Sciences, Clinical Immunology, and Computational Biology.

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Leigh White, JD
Executive Vice President
CurAgeis Technologies

Leigh White is Executive Vice President at CurAgeis Technologies, responsible for building the company’s fatigue management division around new leading edge scientific technology. She joined CurAegis (pronounced like “courageous”) in September 2015 after 6 years as President of Alertness Solutions – a leading fatigue management firm with significant focus on the aviation industry.

Prior to acquiring Alertness Solutions, she spent 14 years as a Silicon Valley venture capital investor. Ms. White holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Wichita State University. She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1996 and is a member of the State Bar of California.


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Harry Saal, PhD
Chairman
Retrotope, Inc.

Dr. Harry J. Saal was the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation, the first company wholly dedicated to the area of network diagnostics and the creator of the eponymous "Sniffer" network analyzer. In 2002, Dr. Saal was chosen by the US Department of Justice to lead the Technical Committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft Antitrust case. He served as Chairman of the Committee through the May 2011 expiration of the Judgment.

Most recently, he is the Chair of Retrotope, Inc. a pharmaceutical startup, based here in Silicon Valley. Dr. Saal is confident that the compounds under development stand an excellent chance of revolutionizing the treatment and prevention of a wide variety of untreatable neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

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Rob Fuhlbrigge MD, PhD
Vice Chair
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Following 20+ years at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Fuhlbrigge moved to Denver in 2016 where he is currently Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado - Denver and Section Chief for Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is the current Vice Chair for CARRA and former Finance Chair and Treasurer. Prior to that he served 2 terms as Chair of the Scleroderma, Vasculitis and Rare Diseases Committee and he continues as an active member of several research workgroups within this committee. In these varied roles, he has been closely involved with the operations of the CARRA research enterprise and a key contributor to strategic initiatives implemented over the past 5 years.

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Emily von Scheven, MD, MAS
Finance Chair
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

In 2001, as a young faculty member, Dr. von Scheven was invited to attend a small meeting at Stanford to discuss the development of a collaborative research network that would bring research to the patient, and vice versa. What she did not know at the time, was that the newly created network, called the Pediatric Rheumatology Research Network, would eventually become CARRA, and that CARRA would play a central role both in the pediatric rheumatology community and in her own professional life. CARRA has undergone tremendous growth, and has emerged as a respected, productive and well-supported organization with a broad constituent base. We now face new challenges, such as ensuring that our efforts are meaningful and impactful, that we stay focused on the priorities of our diverse community and that we address issues of sustainability.

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