8th Annual Vivian W. Pinn Symposium

Date and Time

– May 15, 2024, 05:00 PM EDT
Synergy in Science: Innovations in Autoimmune Disease Research and Care

Virtual Only.

Event Information

The Vivian W. Pinn Symposium honors the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), Vivian Pinn, M.D., and is held every year during National Women’s Health Week.

The title of this year’s symposium is “Synergy in Science: Innovations in Autoimmune Disease Research and Care.” This symposium is a convergence of cutting-edge insights and collaborative efforts in the realm of autoimmune diseases. Providing the keynote address, “Understanding the Immunome: Past, Present, and Future,” is Jane Buckner, M.D., President of Benaroya Research Institute.

The objectives of the symposium are:

  • Drivers of Autoimmunity: Understand the state of the science on sex-differences in autoimmune diseases, and what the future may hold for interventions.
  • NIH Research Frontiers: Explore innovations arising from NIH's intramural research programs, driving progress in autoimmune care through rigorous scientific inquiry and technological breakthroughs.
  • Advocacy Accelerating Treatments: Examine the synergy between patient advocacy and scientific progress, highlighting how collaborative efforts expedite the development of novel treatments for rare autoimmune diseases.
  • Research at the Bedside: Unravel the complexities of autoimmune diseases across the lifespan through patient-centric bedside research insights. 


Program Booklet



Featured Speakers
Headshot of Dr. Jane BucknerKeynote Speaker
Jane Buckner, M.D.
President, Benaroya Research Institute
Headshot of Dr. Gail KerrCapstone Speaker
Gail Kerr, M.D., FRCP (Edin), FACR, MACR
Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
Georgetown and Howard University Hospitals
Headshot of Dr. David FajgenbaumFireside Chat Speaker
David Fajgenbaum, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc.
Co-Founder & President, Every Cure
Special Accommodations

Sign language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should email OADRInfo@nih.gov. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.



1:00–1:15 p.m.Opening RemarksJanine Clayton, M.D., FARVO
1:15–2:00 p.m.Keynote AddressJane Buckner, M.D.
2:00–2:45 p.m.Inside Innovation: Intramural Impact at NIHLaura Lewandowski, M.S., M.D. (NIAMS)

Steven Holland, M.D. (NIAID) 

Alison Motsinger-Reif, Ph.D. (NIEHS) 
2:45–3:00 p.m.Break
3:00–3:45 p.m.Fireside ChatDavid Fajgenbaum, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc. 

Victoria Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP, FACR, CCD
3:45–4:30 p.m.Capstone SpeakerGail Kerr, M.D., FRCP (Edin), FACR, MACR 
4:30–5:00 p.m.Closing RemarksVivian Pinn, M.D.