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November 2018 – Katherine Morland Hammitt

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Katherine Hammitt is Vice President of Scientific & Medical Affairs for the Sjögren’s Foundation (SF) as well as a member of the AADR Board of Directors as the Patient Advocacy Representative. In her role as Chair of the FNIDCR Patient Advocacy Council, Kathy leads 33 member organizations with Co-chair Mary Fete to add the patient advocates’ voice to the work of the AADR and NIDCR and to ensure the patient voice is heard in research.

At the SF, Kathy oversees key research and medical initiatives to increase knowledge about Sjögren’s, improve the exchange of ideas to accelerate research and set the stage for better treatment and management of Sjögren’s. To accomplish these goals, Kathy oversees the development of the first-ever Clinical Practice Guidelines in Sjögren’s and co-leads the Foundation’s international Clinical Trials Consortium. Kathy also created and serves Founding and Executive Editor of the SF’s Sjögren’s Quarterly, a major resource for healthcare professionals and the only publication covering all clinical, scientific and research aspects of Sjögren’s. In addition, Kathy is an Associate Editor of The Sjögren’s Book and author or co-author of text book chapters on autoimmune disease and Sjögren’s, CME programs and articles for medical and scientific journal publications on Sjögren’s. She also is co-author of The Sjögren’s Syndrome Survival Guide, a book designed to help patients better understand their disease, how to live with it and take control of their lives.

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