Today, 19 percent of Oklahomans are over the age of 60. By 2035, that figure is projected to be 1 in 4.
Scientists have long known lupus has a strong genetic component, but there also must be environmental triggers to activate the disease.
OMRF scientist Patrick Gaffney has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant to investigate the underlying mechanisms that lead to lupus onset.
OMRF has announced the promotion of four of its principal scientists.
Two grants will enable OMRF scientists to examine genes thought to play a role in lupus.
For more than a decade, doctors could not pinpoint Xander’s symptoms. Then DNA sequencing helped researchers save his life.