In the News AIR Researchers Demonstrate Role for B Cells in Bone Erosion in RA April 14, 2016 University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have uncovered a new mechanism of bone erosion and a possible biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The group is the first to demonstrate that immune cells, called B cells, contribute directly to the breakdown of bone in RA by producing a signaling molecule called RANKL. Dr. Anolik Featured in RBJ Article on Autoimmune Diseases April 1, 2016 Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD was recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal article, “Autoimmune Diseases are Frustrating to Diagnose, Treat.” The article highlights many of the challenges for patients and their physicians. 12th Annual Lupus Golf Tournament August 17, 2015 Thank you to the Formicola Family for organizing this fundraiser which was held on August 17, 2015 at the Pinewood Country Club. Our own Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in lupus and lupus researcher, participated in the tournament. Congratulations to Our Strong Stars Strong Stars are employees who go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of patients, families and visitors. August 2016 Loralynn Poles-Harrison was recognized by a co-worker for always being ready to help. Congratulations Loralynn! July 2016 Dr. Allen Anandarajah was recognized by an appreciative patient for going above and beyond and truly being a one of a kind physician. Congratulations Dr. Anandarajah! Nurse Practitioner Linda Grinnell-Merrick and Dr. Andreea Coca were recognized by an extremely grateful colleague. Both took time out of their very busy day in clinic to assist with research patients. Congratulations Linda and Dr. Coca! Dr. Darren Tabechian was recognized by a grateful co-worker for taking the time during a busy day to assist her with a patient who missed his phone call. Congratulations, Dr. Tabechian! Laurie Heelon was recognized for going above and beyond to help a patient who had missed an important call from her physician. Congratulations Laurie! Laurie Heelon was recognized again as a Strong Star. An appreciative patient says Laurie is a true star every day, being incredibly responsive to patient’s needs and requests. Congratulations Laurie! June 2016 Shanise Hunt was recognized by another staff member for going above and beyond when she helped a patient who did not know who in the building they had an appointment with find the correct office. Congratulations, Shanise! Dr. Darren Tabechian was recognized by a patient for his compassion and expertise. Congratulations, Dr. Tabechian! Kelly Callahan was recognized by one of the principal investigators for her instrumental efforts in making the rheumatology clinical and translational research a success. Congratulations, Kelly! May 2016 Nancy Payne, Practice Manager at the Allergy and Immunology Clinic, was nominated by a patient for being an excellent role model. Congratulations, Nancy!