Amyloidosis Foundation Announces New Members to Board of Directors


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Silva Pregja


Silva graduated from the University of Tirana, Albania and obtained her MBA at the International Business School in Slovenia.

She started her career with United Nations Development Program in Albania and eventually joined the Soros Foundation as the General Manager of the Albanian Branch before leaving the country in 1997.

Silva then joined the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) as a Project Manager and worked on several research projects. In 2006, she started working as the Program Coordinator for the myeloma and amyloid program.  During her time as Program Coordinator, the Karmanos program has secured membership in the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC). Silva helped develop a research infrastructure capable of executing nationwide investigator-initiated clinical trials. The Karmanos program is one of the largest in the state of Michigan, and was recently awarded the MMRC Accelerator Award for contributions to MMRC research in 2015. Additionally, KCI has an active amyloidosis research program, with six clinical trials currently encompassing both AL and ATTR amyloidosis therapies.

Silva has organized several educational programs for health care professionals, patients, and caregivers. This includes a well-received CME Satellite Symposium titled Untangling Amyloidosis prior to the 2015 American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting.

Silva joined the Board of Directors of the Amyloidosis Foundation in 2016.




Dante Burchi


Dante is retired from the financial services industry. He now represents the Detroit Pencil Company for office supplies and furniture, as well as the Absopure company for water, coffee and vending.

Golf is a passion for Dante and he lives with his wife in the Metropolitan Detroit area. He is currently the Treasurer for the 21st Century Club, a non-partisan PAC. Dante is also a board member of the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, a 501c3 organization that helps local students prepare for life after high school, through scholarships and academic support, to enable post-secondary success.

Dante joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Amyloidosis Foundation in 2016.