On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at a Congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., America's leading proponents for lupus research gave briefings to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the pressing needs of the 1.5 million Americans living with lupus — the prototypical autoimmune disease.
Introducing a presentation by Dr. Robert Katz on "The Latest in Lupus Research: Overview of Lupus and Its Impact on Patients," was Kathleen Arntsen, a lupus patient and president of Lupus Foundation of Mid and Northern New York. She spoke openly about how the disease has been impacting personal and professional aspects of her life. As a long-time advocate, Arntsen also touched on the financial implications instigated by lupus, such as the cost of having to take many types of medications daily.
Dr. Robert Katz, professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and adjunct associate professor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, gave an explanation of lupus, including its chronic symptoms and current methods for medical diagnosis and treatments. In emphasizing the need for increasing funding for biomedical treatments, he also spoke what he has seen in his patients' personal battles with this disease.