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Experts from NYU Langone present new research at American College of Rheumatology 2013 Annual Meeting

Experts from NYU Langone's Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology presented new research and participated in expert panel discussions at the American College of Rheumatology 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, October 26-30.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to present important findings that may lead to new therapies for several autoimmune and rheumatic conditions," said Jill P. Buyon, MD, professor and director, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. "This meeting provides an opportunity to contribute to the growing body of knowledge regarding inflammatory disease while collaborating with other leaders in the field to ensure information sharing among clinicians and ultimately help enhance patient care."

Significant research presentations from NYU Langone rheumatologists will include:

First Stage of a Simon's Two-Stage Optimal Approach Supports Placental Transfer of Hydroxychloroquine and a Reduced Recurrence Rate of the Cardiac Manifestations of Neonatal Lupus

Presenter: Peter M. Izmirly, MD; Co-Authors: Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, MD, PhD; Amit Saxena, MD; Amanda Zink; Zoey A. Smith; Deborah Freidman, MD; Jill P. Buyon, MD
Abstract: #2830
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:00A PDT

Women with anti-Ro antibodies, an antibody present in both Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Sjogren's Syndrome, are faced with the possibility of having a child with a permanent and sometimes fatal heart condition. Women who have had one child with this heart problem are at high risk for having a second affected child. To date, no therapies have proven effective in prevention. Data generated at NYU Langone show promise for a drug called hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an anti-inflammatory agent, to prevent recurrent heart disease. If these findings are further substantiated, HCQ may gain widespread acceptance for use in these at risk pregnancies.

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Contact: Craig Andrews
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine

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