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Lupus LA, in Collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Hosts Free Patient Education Program at Cedars-Sinai to Commemorate 5th Anniversary

Los Angeles, LA, May 17, 2005 – Lupus LA, one of the country’s leading nonprofit groups raising lupus awareness and funds for research, commemorates its fifth anniversary with a free seminar, “The Latest on Lupus,” for people with lupus, their families and friends. Kicking off an expansion of patient services in the Los Angeles area, the program will feature a comprehensive agenda, including the best and brightest in lupus care and research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday, June 18th.

Lupus LA, the west-coast division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, was founded in 2000 by Dr. Daniel J. Wallace, renowned physician/author and Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai's Division of Rheumatology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Clinical Professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dedicated to supporting new science in lupus, Lupus LA partners with the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) to fund the innovative research needed to prevent, treat and cure lupus. Lupus LA promotes lupus awareness and education, and is committed to serving the needs of people with lupus and their families in Los Angeles County.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily attacks women of childbearing age and can affect virtually any organ of the body. The body’s immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs. It is estimated that approximately 1.5 million Americans have lupus, 90 percent of whom are women.

Lupus LA has made enormous progress raising awareness of lupus among the Hollywood business and entertainment communities. “Through successful annual events, we have brought significant support to the Lupus Research Institute—a novel research program that is at the forefront of innovation in lupus research,” says Lupus LA Chairman Adam Selkowitz.

The “The Latest on Lupus” program begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 18th, and takes place at the Harvey Morse Auditorium located at the North Tower/Plaza Level at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Complimentary continental breakfast is available followed by presentations. Lunch is served at noon featuring round table discussions with prominent physicians. The seminar is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is essential. To register, call Lupus LA at 310-652-7770. Free parking is also provided. A complete program is attached for review.

This conference is supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech/Biogen Idec.

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