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FOR RELEASE: September 25, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Lupus is the Topic at October’s Oklahoma Arthritis Network Meeting

“Finding the Genes that Cause Lupus” will be the topic of discussion at the Thursday, Oct. 2, meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN). The OAN will meet at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 314 and is open to the public.

Gail Bruner, an advocate for lupus, will be the keynote speaker. Bruner has been involved in clinical research for 18 years and worked on the Lupus Genetic Linkage Study since 1995. Bruner believes the study’s work can someday help eliminate the suffering caused by lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.

Bruner is the coordinator of the Lupus Genetics Study for the Oklahoma Research Foundation. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is a partner within the OAN.

OAN attempts to maximize the quality of life for Oklahomans with arthritis and related health conditions by developing resources, promoting access to health care and offering public health education presentations. Currently, there are about 100 public and private health and non-health related organizations in the OAN.

For more information about arthritis, and to learn more about upcoming speakers, presentations and activities available through the OAN, call Marisa New at 405/271-9444, ext. 56410.

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