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Victory Against Lupus Walk is on September 2, 2017 at 9am in Charleston SC!   Register here!!

Check out the latest MUSCLE Newsletter:

Download Podcasts to learn more about lupus and meet our investigators:

" Lupus - Research & Treatment Update" by Dr. Diane Kamen

" Rheumatoid Arthritis " by Dr. Jim Oates

" Research and Treatment Update for Osteoarthritis" by Dr. Jim Oates

Lupus FAQ

Check out Dx.Lupus for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about lupus

Lupus Support Group and Local Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America

For information on the “Lupus: Listening and Learning Group” in Charleston, please contact Michele Singletary at 843-729-0289.  Meetings are the 2nd Monday of every other month, from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  All patients with lupus, family members, friends and supporters are invited!

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For questions about Lupus Research at MUSC or to join our mailing list, please send an email to:

or call us at 1-866-859-6107 (toll-free) or 843-792-8997 (local to Charleston)

A list of our currently enrolling Lupus Clinical Studies can be found on the MUSC Clinical Research website (CLICK HERE)

About Our Group

The Medical University of South Carolina Lupus Erythematosus research group (also known as M.U.S.C.L.E.) is comprised of faculty and staff with interests in clinical, translational, and basic research related to lupus and community outreach to improve knowledge and awareness of lupus.  The M.U.S.C.L.E. faculty principal investigators include clinical and translational scientists Drs. Gary Gilkeson, Diane Kamen, Holly Mitchell, Jim Oates, Tasha Ruth, Melissa Cunningham, Hazel Breland, basic research scientists Tammy Nowling, John Zhang, and human genetics researcher Paula Ramos.  Our clinical research effort includes investigator initiated observational and interventional studies and industry sponsored treatment trials for lupus.  Our investigator initiated studies are administered through the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and focus on biomarkers of lupus and lupus nephritis disease activity, the impact of vitamin D and other environmental factors on autoimmune disease, biomarkers of atherosclerosis and bone health in lupus, oral health and lupus, and the role of stress in the lives of patients with lupus.  Our industry sponsored trials are designed to test a variety of new therapies that are intended to be more targeted with fewer adverse effects compared to current therapies used for the treatment of lupus.  Our basic and translational research efforts focus on the role of reactive intermediates in the pathogenesis and disease damage involved in lupus, the role of complement in lupus, and genes involved in the regulation of inflammatory processes in lupus.  Please visit our individual faculty pages to learn about each member’s research interests.  Patients interested in participating in research are invited to contact one of our study coordinators to learn more details about our research trials.

Contact us at:
1-866-859-6107(toll-free) or 843-792-8997 (local) or email us at

Pictured above:

Back Row (L to R):  Holly C. Mitchell, MD (Rheumatologist),   Diane L. Kamen, MD (Rheumatologist), Lee Moultrie (Community Research Associate), Gary S. Gilkeson, MD (Rheumatologist),  Natasha Ruth, MD (Pediatric Rheumatologist), Jim C. Oates, MD (Rheumatologist), Kevin McElligot (Student), Maggie Harding (Study Coordinator). Front Row (L to R):  Stephanie Slan (Study Coordinator), Tammy Nowling, PhD (Research Scientist), 

Carol Lamborne, PhD (Study Coordinator), Paula Ramos, PhD (Research Scientist), Barbara Roe (Study Coordinator),  Hazel Breland, PhD, OTR/L (Research Scientist), Dana Rosson (Study Coordinator), Melissa Cunningham, MD, PhD (Rheumatologist). NOT PICTURED: Abby Powell (Study Coordinator), Kelley Gibson (Study Coordinator), Monica Baczko (Study Coordinator), Kristie Hardin (Data Manager).

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Lupus Group Announcements

We are on a journey to end Lupus now! Please join us and Walk for Victory Against Lupus on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Download the flyer for more details about this event.

Register here !! 

For more information on this and other MUSCLE Group events, visit our MUSCLE Events Webpage

 "Lupus:  Listening and Learning Group"

 Next Meeting Monday, March13, 2017

Time:  6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

New topics will include MUSC Education Day announcement and updates on MUSC Clinical Trials.  Leader will be Lupus Foundation of America facilitator Michele Singletary. Presenters will be Dr. Diane Kamen and Maggie Lindemuth. Following will be confidential group support of individual needs.

Lupus patients, family members, friends and supporters are all invited.

Meeting format:  Generally the presentation and Q&A run approximately 45 minutes.  After a break, we have further discussion and support among the lupus patient/caregiver attendees who wish to participate.

Location:  Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Grace Hall Room 123, 302  Hibben Street, Mount Pleasant SC 29464 - Phone (843) 884-4612

Contact:  Michele Singletary (843) 729-0289 for more information.


"Laughs for Lupus"

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: The Market Theatre Company, Anderson SC

Who: National and local comedians will be performing the night of the show

This is going to be an awesome comedy show with a lot of great talent performing!    All proceeds go to Deborah Je-Vonne Johnson Memorial Fund for Lupus Research at MUSC Health.

If you are unable to attend the show in Anderson and would still like to donate - you can do so here

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, see the attached flyer or visit the Laughs for Lupus Facebook page.

Upcoming Lupus Webchats

      CLICK HERE to see what topics are coming up and to access transcripts of previous webchats.  Sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America.

Check Out the New Videos from the LFA on YouTube!

CLICK HERE to search the video library, learn more about lupus and find out ways you can help bring greater attention and resources to lupus.

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