On October 3, 2013, the Bernie Mac Foundation visited the UI Health to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research (STAR) Center. The morning town hall meeting included presentations on the latest advancements in sarcoidosis research and the work UI Health is doing to find treatments and a cure. Speakers included Drs. Jerry Bauman, Dimitri Azar, Nadera Sweiss, Patricia Finn, Enrico Benedetti, George Kondos, Damiano Rondelli, Steve Dudek, David Perkins, and Dean Schraufnagel, among many others participating in translational research and clinical care of these patients at UI Health. The morning town hall ended with an opportunity for patients to speak, and all expressed their gratitude for Dr. Nadera Sweiss for her care and compassion in guiding them through their treatment. The Bernie Mac Foundation gave $50,000 to UI Health for use in sarcoidosis research.
Pictured above (left to right): George Kondos, Patricia Finn, Steve Dudek, Nadera Sweiss, Rhonda McCullough (president and CEO of the Bernie Mac Foundation), David Perkins, and Dean Schraufnagel.