March is National Kidney Month and the Lupus Foundation of America
(LFA) is using the observance to call attention to this serious and
potentially life-threatening complication of lupus. The LFA will
conduct a Webchat on the topic of the Kidneys and Lupus on the LFA
Website, http://www.lupus.org/, on Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.
About the Speaker
The chat will be conducted by Dr. James Tumlin, Director of the
Southeast Renal Research Institute in Charlotte, NC and Associate
Professor Medicine at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His
research focuses upon clinical and translational research on renal
Dr. Tumlin serves on the LFA Medical-Scientific Advisory Committee
and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) task force on Acute Kidney
Injury. He is on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of the
American Society Nephrology and is a reviewer for many academic
journals. He published many articles in Kidney International, American
Journal of Kidney Diseases, Nephrology Dialysis, and Transplantation,
Journal of Clinical Investigation, JAMA and the Journal of the American
Society of Nephrology.
The LFA estimates that more than 1.5 million Americans have a form
of lupus. Lupus is the result of an immune system that is out of
balance and can be destructive to any major organ or tissue in the
body. Lupus can be very unpredictable and is potentially fatal, yet no
satisfactory treatment or a cure exists. While lupus strikes mostly
women in their childbearing years, no one is safe from lupus. It can
strike men, women, teens, and children. African Americans,
Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans are at highest risk for
lupus, a health disparity that remains unexplained.
About the Lupus Foundation of America
The LFA is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health
organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and
providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus.
The LFA has a nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters and support
groups, and operates programs of research, education and advocacy.