Dr. Meggan Mackay
Dr. Mackay’s research interests are focused on clinical research in autoimmune disease, specifically Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Following residency and a Chief Resident year in Internal Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, Dr. Mackay completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During her tenure as Associate Director of Medicine at Jacobi, she obtained her Master’s degree in the Clinical Research Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
A major focus of interest is the effect of autoantibodies on cognitive and emotional function in lupus. Through collaborations with the neuroimaging center at Columbia University and the Center for Neuroscience, headed by Dr. David Eidelberg, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (FIMR), MRI and PET scans are being utilized to detect changes in the brain that may serve as biomarkers for autoantibody-mediated destruction.
She is Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the FIMR and co-investigator of the Rheumatology Specimen Bank where clinical data and specimens are stored for translational research projects including genetic studies. Dr. Mackay has served as the Principle Investigator on numerous clinical trials of therapeutic agents for lupus and other autoimmune diseases.