|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 22, 2001
Contact: Connie Raab|
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
(301) 496-8190 RaabC@mail.nih.gov
NIH Establishes National Family Registry for Scleroderma
Goal is to Identify Susceptibility Genes
- Determine the frequency with which scleroderma occurs in more than one family member and how often other autoimmune diseases (such as lupus) occur in families with at least one case of scleroderma.
- Conduct a nationwide search to identify and enroll multiplex families.
- Collect and store genetic material (DNA) and blood serum from scleroderma patients and from friends and in-laws as unrelated controls.
- Collaborate with scientists at the University of Texas, Houston, to identify susceptibility genes for scleroderma.
- Advertise the availability of the DNA repository as a resource to scientists studying genes associated with scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases.
To learn more about the registry, contact:
Scleroderma Family & DNA Repository
Wayne State University School of Medicine
4707 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 966-7777
Toll-free: (800) 736-6864
Fax: (313) 966-7776
The Scleroderma Family Registry and DNA Repository is funded under NIH contract
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For more information about NIAMS, call (301) 495-4484 or (877) 22-NIAMS (free call).
To interview Dr. Mayes, contact Jennifer Day, Public Affairs, Wayne State University School of Medicine, at (313) 577-1058, JDay@med.wayne.edu.