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March 2015

National MS Awareness Week is March 2-8


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Living with Depression

by Jackie Karner-Sawyer

I was first diagnosed with depression when I was 33, right after the birth of my first child. It was textbook postpartum depression, but there were other previous symptoms that were over looked this time around. I found a therapist and began sessions and my primary care physician was able to prescribe an antidepressant for me. I was on the meds for about a week or two and the difference in my behavior and outlook on life was amazing. I called my doctor and said to him, there’s no need for me to be on this, I feel great, back to my “normal” self. He kind of chuckled and said that’s great but it was the meds that were helping me and I needed to stay on them for a while longer. So I took the meds for 6 months and then I was able to go off them. I stopped my therapy because I was doing great, a new mom with a wonderful new baby and life. I never gave depression another thought. Three years later I got pregnant with my second child and this time things were very different…

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ClarifyRA: Getting to Holistic Disease Management for RA Patients

Wednesday, March 11 
12 pm EDT (9 am PDT)

Dr. Renée Deehan Kenney
Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Selventa


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April 1-2, 2015

Cambridge, MA

EMBL-EBI Industry Workshop: Immunogenomics

Please join Orion Bionetworks CEO Magali Haas for her presentation at the EMBL-EBI Industry Workshop: Immunogenomics at Genzyme Center, 500 Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA on 1-2 April 2015.

This workshop will present approaches to bioinformatics data analysis that aid better understanding and treatment immune mediated diseases including Multiple Sclerosis.

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Dr. Winnie Pong

Scientific Program Manager Intern

This month Orion Bionetworks is proud to Spotlight Winnie Pong's voluntary contributions to our Mission to Cure Brain Diseases! Dr. Winnie Pong has been volunteering as a Scientific Program Manager and providing Social Media support for over 9 months.

Winnie earned her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her PhD in Neurobiology from Boston University. She gained communications and marketing experience as National Communications Vice Chair of Women In Bio. Winnie's unrelenting dedication has helped us launch our first crowdfunding campaign: HackMS: Defeat Brain Disease with Big Data.

We thank Winnie for her dedication to science and for her service to help people with brain disease!

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