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Sisters Helping Sisters: A New Lupus Research Study to Follow Sisters of Lupus Patients
Date:3/29/2010

Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have embarked on a national search for sisters.

Manhasset, NY (Vocus) March 29, 2010 -- Scientists at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have embarked on a national search for sisters.

The SisSLE (Sisters of Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) research study is looking for sisters: one with a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease and one (or more) who does not have lupus. Betty Diamond, MD, and Peter Gregersen, MD, designed the study to understand how individuals may progress to lupus. By following sister(s) of a lupus patient the hope is to identify the disease in its earliest, pre-symptomatic stage and track its progression over time. The pilot study will enroll 400 sisters over a 2-year period. Scientists will be able to identify auto-antibodies that play a role in lupus and study other changes in blood serum that may help predict disease. They will also be trying to figure out how auto-antibodies may interact with environmental factors to play a role in the development of lupus.

Lupus is nine times more common in women and the autoimmune disease can attack many different organs and tissues of the body. Lupus has a significant genetic component. The risk of developing SLE is .1 percent in the population and twice that in females. In first degree relatives the risk can be from 4 to 8 percent.

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