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Local lupus study recruiting participants

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SLE is an autoimmune disease capable of causing severe tissue damage in many organs. The cause of SLE is unknown, but recent research has identified infection-fighting proteins called interferons (or IFNs) which are made and released by host cells in response to the presence of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or tumor cells. IFNs allow for communication between cells to trigger the protective defenses of the immune system that eradicate pathogens or tumors.

In this video, Dr. Erik Peterson from the University of Minnesota describes the basis for his new study which will look at how PTPN22 (one lupus risk gene) affects the interferon-producing capacity of lupus patients.

LFM will be speaking live with Dr. Peterson on Tuesday, April 30 at 12 p.m. Join us to learn more about this research opportunity and find out how you can get involved. Register today at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1804589201556293632.


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  1. Achieve Birmingham  May 13, 2013

    It really is crazy how fast a full year can go by. I feel like it wasn’t that long ago when I was first learning about Lupus Awareness Month, its history, and what it really meant to show support for people living with this chronic autoimmune disease. For the last month, I have been working on a brand new infographic for Lupus Awareness Month 2013, and it is finally done! I hope to share this with as many people as possible in hopes of spreading a little awareness this month. If you get a chance, you can have a look at the infographic here: http://www.achieveclinical.com/news/lupus-awareness-month-purple/

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