At Hospital for Special Surgery, the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care specializes in the treatment of patients with lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and is constantly working to develop new and more effective treatments for these conditions. Scientists and clinicians in the Divisions of Rheumatology and Research, in partnership with our patients, have made considerable progress.
The Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care is fully integrated with the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research, inaugurated in 2001 with support from Katherine and Arnold Snider of Rheuminations, Inc. Through the Kirkland Center, Hospital for Special Surgery investigators engage in novel basic, translational and clinical lupus research in projects that address disease susceptibility, alterations in immune function, mechanisms of organ damage, important associated conditions - including premature atherosclerosis and pregnancy complications - and identification of new therapeutic targets.
Patients may also participate in the Autoimmune Disease Registry and Repository which stores clinical information and biological samples from SLE patients and has been a critical resource to researchers studying mechanisms, mediators and new targets for therapies. With access to the latest treatments and clinical trials, we are continuing this important work and have several promising studies underway under the umbrella of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care. The Center provides an opportunity for patients to participate in this important research. Please visit the links below for more information about lupus research.