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 /Saturday July 5th/

 

Guest Speaker - not be be missed in August 2014

"Lupus - What is the immue system really up to? Progress in research in lupus"

Speaker: Dr Kate Stacey from University of Qld Research

Date: August 9th (Saturday) 2014.

Time: 2 - 4pm

Venue: Community Hall Indooroopilly (Stamford Road) parking available

Bus to Indooroopilly shopping centre or train near by off Coonan St Indooroopilly

 

 

Next Meeting

Date: September 13th (Saturday) venue as above

Time: 2 - 4pm

 

 

 

Dr D Bossingham rheumatologist from Cairns will be down to speak on Saturday 8th March 2014 between 2-4pm at the Community hall, 60 Stamford Road Indooroopilly

'A lifetime of Lupus' is the subject, so bring along your questions and all who are interested in learning more about Lupus.

Doctor is kindly giving his time to share his years of experience with us so don't miss this chance    Please book on 3878 9553 or 0411 263 733 sms

 

Our next meeting will be held on the Saturdays as listed below:-

September 21 - Pharmacists from Wesley Pharmacy  
September 28 - Podiatrist and Nutritionist
October 12 - Guests
November 16 - Guests

Time: 2 to 4pm
Venue: Community Hall, 60 Stamford Road, Indooroopilly

Please feel free to attend the meetings. Cheers! :)

 
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Updates

Study of Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Stem Cells for Lupus Therapy

Human umbilical cord blood-derived mensenchymal stem cells (uMSCs) have been found to offer benefits for treating lupus nephritis (LN) when transplanted into mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an autoimmune disease with “myriad immune system aberrations” characterised by diverse clinical conditions, including LN, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for patients with SLE. The beneficial results were reported in a study by Taiwanese researchers published in the current issue of Cell Transplantation (20:2).

According to corresponding author Dr. Oscar K. Lee of the National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, MSCs have been shown to possess immune-modulatory capabilities and can alleviate immune responses by inhibiting inflammation as well as the function of mature and immature immune system T cells. Seeking to explore the therapeutic effects of uMSCs in treating LN, their study systemic immune diseases closely resembling SLE in humans.

We found that uMSC transplantation markedly delayed the deterioration of renal function, reduced certain antibody levels, alleviated changes in renal pathology and the development of proteinuria – the presence of excess protein serum in the urine and a sign of renal damage,” said Dr. Lee.

The positive difference in survival rate for mice treated at two months of age compared with mice treated at six months of age, led the researchers to conclude that early uMSC transplantation may be most efficacious. The researchers also deduced that their findings favored the use of allogenic (other-donated) rather than autologous (self-donated) MSCs for SLE treatment, which would make sense with an autoimmune disorder.

The therapeutic effects demonstrated in this pre-clinical study support further exploration of the possibility of using uMSCs from mismatched donors in LN treatment,” concluded Dr. Lee.

The ability of uMSCs to reduce inflammation means that they are likely to be of use in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and this study supports that reasoning and, in this case, also advocates the use of non-self cells,” said Dr. David Eve, associate editor of Cell Transplantation and an instructor at the University of South Florida Centre of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.

Retrieved April 13, 2011 from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

Lupus Booklet


A nineteen page booklet filled with stories and poems written by people who have lupus

Including a foreword written by Dr Carola G Vinuesa and Dr Matthew Cook, research scientists who are looking at the causes of lupus.

Contact us if you are interested in purchasing this interesting little book


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