Lupus Clinic and Program The Lupus Clinic and Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center is composed of a multi-disciplinary group of health care professionals who share a common vision: to find safer, more effective therapies for lupus and to improve the quality of life of patients living with lupus. Our Services Evaluation of new patients with a possible diagnosis of lupus or a related disease Ongoing management of patients with lupus Focus on patient education and preventive care Provision of state-of-the-art therapies for the management of lupus Our Goals To provide pediatric and adult patients with the highest quality of clinical care To give pediatric and adult patients access to promising new therapies trough clinical trials To understand the basic immunologic processes underlying lupus To study the factors leading to the development of lupus and develop better diagnostic tools To develop a registry of lupus patients Quick Facts About Lupus Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) can vary from a mild condition to a life-threatening illness. It causes disease by attaching a person's immune system. It can inflame joints making them swell and attack the kidneys, heart, lungs and liver, leading to pain, dysfunction, and somethimes permanent damage to healthy tissues. Approximately one and a half to two million Americans suffer from this potentially fatal autoimmune disease, and 90% of those are women. Most women are stricken during their childbearing years. Most people develop their lupus between the ages of 15 and 45. Asians, Aftrican-Americans and Latina women are 2-4 time more likely to have lupus. Our Providers Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D. R. John Looney, M.D. Acknowledgments Support for the URMC Lupus Program endeavors comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Alliance for Lupus Research, and the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium.