About Us

North American Immuno-Hematology Clinical Education & Research Consortium

The mission of the NICER consortium is to provide a collaborative multidisciplinary environment to advance the education, clinical care, and research involving pediatric and adult patients with immuno-hematologic disorders.

Scope: The target patient population encompasses all disorders within immuno-hematology including those with complex immune cytopenias, bone marrow failure, lymphoproliferative and histiocytic disorders, immune deficiencies, autoinflammatory disorders and immune dysregulatory syndromes along with emerging phenotypes of a similar nature. Given that institutional referral patterns and expertise vary, NICER is committed to being purposefully inclusive of pediatric and adult providers from multiple disciplines including, allergy/immunology, genetics, hematology/oncology, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, rheumatology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, endocrinology, etc. to enrich the educational environment and research goals of the consortium.

 

Goals:

 

1. Establish a network of clinicians and researchers with interest and expertise, to share ideas, provide care and study patients with immuno-hematologic disorders. 

 

2. Utilize the collective experiences and the multi-disciplinary expertise within the consortium to provide a unique learning and mentoring environment open to both members and non-members.

 

3. Leverage the pooled, diverse resources of the members to create a platform for clinical trials, basic science, and translational research with the development of a clinically annotated database, biorepository and network of member centers unified via a central IRB.

 

4. Partner with academic societies, institutes and foundations with mutual objectives, to empower the educational initiatives and accelerate research discoveries in areas related to immuno-hematology.

Meet Our Executive Committee

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Kelly Walkovich, MD

Executive Chair

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James Connelly, MD

Research Chair

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Christen Ebens, MD MPH

Steering Committee Chair

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Saara Kaviany, DO

Junior Councilor

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Melissa Rose, DO

Education Chair

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Rohith Jesudas, MD

Communications & Advocacy Chair

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Roshini Abraham, PhD

Senior Councilor

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Evelyn Argirokastritis

Treasurer