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MUSC Lupus Erythematosus (M.U.S.C.L.E.) Research Group

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Lupus Group Announcements

Please join us for the 5th Annual Lupus Patient Education Event on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Click Here to download a flyer with more details about the event.

Free Lunch provided for those who register in advance:

And THANK YOU for helping make the 4th Annual Lupus Patient Education Event on Saturday, September 27, 2014 a huge SUCCESS!

CLICK HERE to see PHOTOS from the event.

CLICK HERE for the itinerary from the event.

   If you were not able to attend, email us at lupusresearch@musc.edu and we will be sure you are on the mailing list for next year's Event!

For more information on this and other MUSCLE Group events, visit our MUSCLE Events Webpage

LUPUS@LUNCHTIME:  A Saturday "pay your own way," for informal social, discussion and sharing.

Next Meeting: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 PM

Where: Laura Alberts on Daniel Island

Who: Lupus patients, family members, friends and supporters

No directed discussion, but a time for informal social, discussion, and sharing.

891 Island Park Drive on Daniel Island

 "Lupus:  Listening and Learning Group"

 Next Meeting Monday, January 12, 2015

Time:  5:45 PM to 7:30 PM

New topics may include time management, managing symptoms and managing meds.  Leaders will be Lupus Foundation of America facilitators Michele Singletary & Alice Burress.  Following will be confidential group support of individual needs.

Lupus patients, family members, friends and supporters are all invited.

Meeting format:  Generally the presentation and Q&A run approximately 45 minutes.  After a break, we have further discussion and support among the lupus patient/caregiver attendees who wish to participate.

Location:  Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Grace Hall Room 123, 302  Hibben Street, Mount Pleasant SC 29464 - Phone (843) 884-4612

Contact:  Michele Singletary (843) 729-0289 for more information.

Upcoming Lupus Webchats

      CLICK HERE to see what topics are coming up and to access transcripts of previous webchats.  Sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America.

Check Out the New Videos from the LFA on YouTube!

CLICK HERE to search the video library, learn more about lupus and find out ways you can help bring greater attention and resources to lupus.

Check out the latest MUSCLE Newsletter:

Download the NEW Winter 2013 MUSCLE Newsletter

Download the MUSC Pediatric Lupus Newsletter

View Past Newsletters

Download Podcasts to learn more about lupus and meet our investigators:

     "Diagnosing Lupus" by Dr. Jim Oates

     "An Overview of Lupus" by Dr. Gary Gilkeson

     "Vitamin D Deficiency - Potential Environmental Factor in Lupus" by Dr. Diane Kamen

     "Lupus Research Projects and Clinical Trials at MUSC" by Dr. Jim Oates

"Lupus:  A Patient's Perspective" by Sheila Murphy

"Lupus and Preventive Health" by Dr. Diane Kamen

"Treatment Options for Lupus" by Dr. Jim Oates

Watch the video  "Understanding Lupus" by study participant Sheila Murphy and Dr. Diane Kamen

Lupus FAQ

Check out Dx.Lupus for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about lupus

Lupus Support Group and Local Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America

For information on the “Lupus: Listening and Learning Group” in Charleston, please contact Alice Burress at 843-884-3949 or check out the calendar of events website.  Meetings are the 2nd Monday of every other month, from 5:45 to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  All patients with lupus, family members, friends and supporters are invited!

Important Website Links to “Bookmark”!

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)

Lupus Columbia SC provides lupus support groups, education, advocacy, and awareness.

Our neighbor's website at the North Carolina Chapter of the LFA

The Lupus Initiative - dedicated to improving disease recognition and management of lupus in patient populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender.  They also feature CME activities for healthcare providers.

The LFA’s Center for Clinical Trials Education - for valuable information about participating in research

MUSC Homepage for Clinical Research Studies at MUSC - for up-to-date listings of all the research studies available through MUSC, searchable by area of interest or by disease name

For questions about Lupus Research at MUSC or to join our mailing list, please send an email to:


or call us at 1-866-859-6107 (toll-free) or 843-792-8997 (local to Charleston)

A list of our currently enrolling Lupus Clinical Studies can be found on the MUSC Clinical Research website (CLICK HERE)

About Our GroupMUSCLE_logo

The Medical University of South Carolina Lupus Erythematosus research group (also known as M.U.S.C.L.E.) is comprised of faculty and staff with interests in clinical, translational, and basic research related to lupus and community outreach to improve knowledge and awareness of lupus.  The M.U.S.C.L.E. faculty principal investigators include clinical and translational scientists Drs. Gary Gilkeson, Diane Kamen, Holly Mitchell, Jim Oates, Tasha Ruth, Melissa Cunningham, Hazel Breland, basic research scientists Tammy NowlingJohn Zhang, and human genetics researcher Paula Ramos.  Our clinical research effort includes investigator initiated observational and interventional studies and industry sponsored treatment trials for lupus.  Our investigator initiated studies are administered through the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and focus on biomarkers of lupus and lupus nephritis disease activity, the impact of vitamin D and other environmental factors on autoimmune disease, biomarkers of atherosclerosis and bone health in lupus, oral health and lupus, and the role of stress in the lives of patients with lupus.  Our industry sponsored trials are designed to test a variety of new therapies that are intended to be more targeted with fewer adverse effects compared to current therapies used for the treatment of lupus.  Our basic and translational research efforts focus on the role of reactive intermediates in the pathogenesis and disease damage involved in lupus, the role of complement in lupus, and genes involved in the regulation of inflammatory processes in lupus.  Please visit our individual faculty pages to learn about each member’s research interests.  Patients interested in participating in research are invited to contact one of our study coordinators to learn more details about our research trials.

Contact us at:

1-866-859-6107  (toll-free)  or  843-792-8997  (local)

or email us at


Pictured above:

Back Row (L to R):  Holly C. Mitchell, MD (Rheumatologist),   Diane L. Kamen, MD (Rheumatologist), Lee Moultrie (Community Research Associate), Gary S. Gilkeson, MD (Rheumatologist),  Natasha Ruth, MD (Pediatric Rheumatologist), Jim C. Oates, MD (Rheumatologist), Kevin McElligot (Student), Maggie Harding (Study Coordinator). Front Row (L to R):  Stephanie Slan (Study Coordinator), Tammy Nowling, PhD (Research Scientist), Carol Lamborne, PhD (Study Coordinator), Paula Ramos, PhD (Research Scientist), Barbara Roe (Study Coordinator),  Hazel Breland, PhD, OTR/L (Research Scientist), Dana Rosson (Study Coordinator), Melissa Cunningham, MD, PhD (Rheumatologist). NOT PICTURED: Abby Powell (Study Coordinator), Kelley Gibson (Study Coordinator), Monica Baczko (Study Coordinator), Kristie Hardin (Data Manager).

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