According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease.
On Wednesday, according to an online petition, almost 6,000 scientists shut down their labs, teaching and other activities to protest racism.
A recent OMRF study is potentially paving the way for better preventive treatment options for African American patients.
Common symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome include severe dry eyes and dry mouth, as well as fatigue, arthritis and memory problems.
OMRF’s Sarcoidosis Unit, which launched in January, is the only one of its kind in the state.
These findings will help scientists understand how to better diagnose and treat the disease.