Leading Research for Lupus
Systemic lupus erythematosis is a chronic disease affecting predominantly women, with a particularly high prevalence in the African American population. Dr. Gary Gilkeson is leading research teams to address many aspects of this illness: treatment options, diagnostic approaches, and the genetic, nutritional, and environmental basis of the illness.
Patient Sheila Murphy has been treated by MUSC rheumatologists for all of the twenty-five years of her illness, and in the podcast below describes her motivation for participating as well as her experiences. In this podcast, Dr. Gilkeson also describes fascinating research his team is conducting with the Gullah population of the SC barrier islands.
Dr. Gilkeson is Professor of Medicine/Microbiology and Immunology and Vice-Chairman for Research in the Department of Medicine. He trained in Rheumatology at UNC Chapel Hill, USAF Regional Hospital, Carswell AFB, TX, and Duke University and served on the faculty of Duke before coming to MUSC in 1996. He has published to date 145 papers in his field, has won numerous awards including the 2007 MUSC Foundation Award for Outstanding Clinician. Dr. Gilkeson serves on several editorial boards and is active in national rheumatology professional associations. He exemplifies the highest caliber of MUSC faculty, and we are honored by his achievements.