The Lupus Program Mission

The BWH Lupus Program is a large and integrated program with a core mission: to care for and improve the lives of people living with lupus and to discover means for prevention and cure of this complex and often severe autoimmune disease.

Lupus is a complex, challenging and unpredictable autoimmune disease that predominantly strikes young people ages 15-40, in the prime of life. We aim to diagnose lupus as early as possible and to provide the most advanced, sensitive and evidence-based care for our patients. We are dedicated to researching the genetic, environmental and immunologic causes of lupus, as well as how to prevent and potentially cure this disease.

The BWH Lupus Center has been the home of many important past lupus research investigations and many studies are ongoing. The Center has a rich history of research on lupus.

1.5 Million

1.5 million Americans have lupus

5 Million

5 million people worldwide have a form of lupus

16k

There is an estimated 16,000 new cases every year in the United States

1/537

Lupus affects 1/537 young black women

70%

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus accounts for 70% of all cases of lupus

73%

73% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 have either not heard about lupus or do not know much beyond the name*

15-44

Women between 15 and 44 years old are at the greatest risk of developing lupus

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Data from Lupus.org
*(Source: Lupus Awareness Survey for the Lupus Foundation of America)

As epidemiologists, scientists and clinicians, we are dedicated to researching the genetic, environmental and immunologic causes of lupus, and discovering means to prevent and potentially cure this disease.

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