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Current areas of Research

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)  is a chronic autoimmune disease that involves multiple organ systems of the body and causes  severe morbidity. Lupus disproportionately affects women, with an approximate 10 to 1 sex  bias. SLE and is diagnosed by the presence of symptoms and autoantibodies, or antibodies that recognize portions of cells and tissues in the body. We are currently investigating mechanisms by which the immune system recognizes self-tissues during SLE.

Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) refers to skin-limited or skin involved lupus disease. It is characterized by “interface dermatitis”, which means white blood cells have crawled in between the outer and inner layers of the skin to cause a rash or skin lesion. We are currently investigating the signals required to direct T cells into the skin during CLE.

Current research support

Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award - Jillian Richmond
Lupus Research Alliance Target Identification in Lupus Award - Jillian Richmond

Lupus Research Alliance Target Identification in Lupus Award - Kerstin Nundel

Thank you for supporting our work!

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