Yvonne Norton MBE, vice chair and trustee of Lupus
UK, said: "The facility at Birmingham City Hospital continues to fulfil all the criteria required to remain a Lupus
UK centre of excellence.
Therapeutics executive director, Albert Roy, said, 'We are very grateful that Dr Wallace is joining our board.
Therapeutics aims to accelerate drug discovery and diagnostic innovation for all patients living with lupus
and is an affiliate of the Lupus
According to Lupus
Foundation of American, "5 million people around the world are affected by the disease, and 16,000 new cases of lupus
are reported each year."
Stevan W Gibson, President and CEO, Lupus
Foundation of America commented, "Lupus
is a potential life-threatening disease that can be more aggressive and severe in children than it is in adults.
Approximately 75 percent of patients suffering from lupus
will have abnormalities in the structure and function of one or more vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidney and brain.
But one thing is certain: Lupus
generally affects more women than men-10 females to 1 male.
To determine whether cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging might uncover early indicators of silent heart problems in patients with lupus
, a team led by Meng Jiang, MD, PhD, FSCMR and Jun Pu, MD, PhD, FACC, of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, studied 50 patients recently diagnosed with lupus
, 60 patients with longstanding lupus
, and 50 healthy controls.
There are two main types of lupus
. Systemic lupus
erythematosus is the most common and can affect many parts of a person's body, including the kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and skin.
She will share her unique perspective of living with lupus
while diagnosing and treating others with the disease.
The study is the first step in determining whether stem cell therapy holds promise as a safe and effective alternative for people with lupus
who do not benefit from the current treatments available.
The study also seeks to determine if MSC stem cell therapy may diminish the often debilitating long term effects of lupus
, reduce the need for medications like steroids, which have harmful side effects and stop damage to vital organs.