Joan T. Merrill

Chief Advisor, Clinical Development at Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.

Joan T. Merrill

Joan T. Merrill

Chief Advisor, Clinical Development at Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.

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Dr. Merrill has been involved in design, implementation and execution of clinical trials of immune modulating treatments for SLE for over 20 years. She is the Director of the Oklahoma Lupus Cohort which includes a prospective collection of biologic materials, patient information and disease activity measures with more than 600 lupus patient volunteers. She has participated in more than 30 registrational trials for SLE, and has been the PI of several multicenter studies, as well as a number of investigator-initiated trials to test novel, efficient approaches formulated to increase the potential discriminatory capacity of targeted biologics, several of which have been implemented in recent years in early phase pilot studies by biotechnology companies.

As the Medical Director of the Lupus Foundation of America, she led the development of an online lupus assessment training website (www.lfa-point) which is now the gold standard in scoring complex outcome measures for trials, helped to launch a combined data analysis initiative, pooling data from completed clinical trials from multiple companies, and is currently working in a collaborative group of stakeholders to test and validate a new, simplified outcome measure for lupus, LFA-REAL (Rapid Evaluation of Activity in Lupus). She is a member of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics, and has lectured about progress in lupus diagnosis, monitoring and treatment to physicians and patients around the world. She has more than 190 peer-reviewed publications.

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Scientific Director, Board of Trustees at Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium, Inc.

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Vice President-Clinical Affairs at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Director at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Director at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Director at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Chair, Department of Medicine at Allegheny Health Network

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

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Chief Advisor, Clinical Development at Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
Education
Class of 1985

Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, they have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.

Class of 1972

Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, founded in 1861. Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Career History
Chief Advisor, Clinical Development
2016 - Current

Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is an American nonprofit company located in Washington, DC. The firm provides funding for lupus research. Stevan W. Gibson is the current CEO, occupying that position since 2017.The company says this about itself: The Lupus Foundation of America is the national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

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2001 - Current

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation provides investment advice. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.

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