Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is a chronic disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. People with mild lupus may only have skin rashes and/or joint pain. In more severe lupus patients, important organs like the kidneys, heart, blood vessels, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and brain can be involved.
Physicians and researchers at National Jewish Health are working hard to learn more about the causes, treatment and prevention of lupus. The goal of treatment is to control inflammation and prevent damage to vital organs.
Lupus research here and around the world investigates genetics, immunology, environmental triggers and new medicines. Because of past research advances, most people with lupus are leading active lives. We are hopeful that current research will provide an even brighter future for people with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
Dr. JoAnn Zell has started a dedicated lupus clinic at National Jewish Health. She has extensive clinical and research experience involving lupus, and in conjunction with Dr. Kozora of the Neuropsychology Program, has an ongoing clinical trial involving the neurocognitive aspects of lupus. Dr. Zell also specializes in women’s health and reproductive aspects pertinent to lupus.