Keynote Speaker

Buckner 2Dr. Buckner received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College, magna cum laude. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and after receiving her MD, she completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Buckner went on to complete a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Washington. Since 1999, Dr. Buckner has been an investigator at the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI). She became the Director of the Translational Research Program at BRI in 2005, was named Associate Director of BRI in January 2012 and was appointed President of BRI in January 2016. Dr. Buckner continues to care for rheumatology patients at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and she is an affiliate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington. Dr. Buckner’s laboratory is focused on identifying the underlying mechanisms by which regulation of the adaptive immune response fails or is overcome in the setting of human autoimmunity. The diseases studied in Dr. Buckner’s laboratory include type 1 diabetes (T1D), multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and relapsing polychondritis