Minority Population Studies: African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians & Asians
(also see Genetic Diversity and Lupus)

African Americans - The Lupus Genetics Studies and LFRR are pleased to house the largest collection of clinical data and biologic samples from multiplex African American lupus families in the country. As African American women are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus than their European American peers, often with more life-threatening symptoms, there is a great need for lupus research in this population. The Lupus Genetics Studies have already found several effects in African American families with lupus and only through the participation of additional families will we be able to continue making progress. Check out Seeking African American Families poster (pdf format - download adobe acrobat).

Hispanics - The Lupus Genetics Studies are interested in recruiting as many Hispanic families to the study as possible. It is known that Hispanics develop lupus more often, and often with greater severity, than European Americans. With two bilingual, Spanish-speaking recruiters available, the study works with families in the United States, Mexico & Puerto Rico. Check out Seeking Hispanic Families poster (pdf format - download adobe acrobat).

American Indians - The Lupus Genetics Studies are dedicated to recruiting families of American Indian heritage with lupus. Researchers suspect that lupus is 3-10 times more prevalent among certain American Indian tribes than in European Americans. The study hopes to make progress that will benefit American Indians with lupus. Check out Seeking American Indians Families poster (pdf format - download adobe acrobat).

Asian Americans - As of March, 2008, 91 Asian American families with 1 or more lupus patients have been enrolled in the Lupus Genetics Studies. Researchers are very interested in discovering genes which may be unique to various Asian/Pacific Islander ethnicities. If you are interested in participating in the Lupus Genetics Studies or know an Asian family that might be, please refer them to our website or toll-free number.

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