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LUPUS

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body. There's currently no cure for the condition.

What is lupus?

Also known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), lupus reprograms immune cells so they attack the body itself, resulting in chronic inflammation. It can affect the kidneys, joints, skin, brain, and the lining of the heart and lungs. Lupus can be mild or life-threatening.
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Key Statistics

1 in 600

1 in 600

Lupus is estimated to affect more than 20,000 people in Australia

20-50

20-50

Onset usually occurs between 20 and 50 years

Gender

Gender

Nine out of every ten people with lupus are women

Ethnicity

Ethnicity

Lupus tends to be more severe in African American and Asian people

Lupus research at Garvan

Our lupus research examines the immune cells responsible for making self-attacking autoantibodies. Using cellular genomics, we can study their difference from normal immune cells, and better target the bad cells while preserving the rest of the immune system.

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