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Lupus, a disabling and life-threatening autoimmune disease, affects more than 1.5 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women. It is two to three times more common among African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, than among Caucasians.

NIAID Role in Lupus Research

NIAID-supported research on autoimmune diseases, including lupus, focuses on

  • Developing a greater understanding of the fundamental biologic principles underlying disease onset and progression
  • Developing improved animal and in vitro models of disease
  • Devising improved diagnostic tools; creating more effective interventions and preventive strategies
  • Identifying the epidemiologic profiles of autoimmune diseases

Read more about NIAID’s Role in Lupus Research.



Last Updated April 14, 2015