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The LUPUS EUROPE annual convention has just come to a close. Hosted in Milan by Lupus Italy on the occasion of their 30thanniversary, the convention was an inspiring event centred around the theme of “pain, fatigue and stress”, with Dr Chiara Tani as a key note speaker.

Benefitting from the Italian Lupus Clinic experience, we also covered other topics such as the treatment of women who wish to have children, the use of biologics, how specialised lupus Clinics operate, … Among those presenting, and working in one such clinic, was Fulvia Ceccarelli, a rheumatologist who is herself a lupus patient. It was certainly interesting to hear from someone who has experienced both sides of the doctor/patient relationship. We also took a closer look at the non-biological side of pain, fatigue and stress, with an excellent presentation by the president of the Belgian French Speaking association, Bernadette Van Leeuw. Davide Mazzoni, one of LUPUS EUROPE’s patient research partners, presented a new study which is looking at the possible effects of childhood trauma and the pathways into adulthood which can affect a person’s disease onset and progress. He then took us through the 2017 survey “AT HOME OR IN HOSPITAL?” on the preference for subcutaneous injection or intravenous infusion of biological therapy among Italian SLE patients.

Our Kick Lupus campaign had a wonderful boost with Jeanette Andersen taking us through the new exercise programme (soon to be released). Jeanette has herself made an incredible recovery from being unable to walk last year to jumping and running around this year following her back surgery. The programme has several levels and can be started even if unable to get out of bed.

The convention was also the opportunity to discuss the 2018-2023 strategic plan with our members. The plan, developed after extensive consultation with multiple stakeholders provides us with a clear path for the years ahead, in the pursuit of our vision of “A fulfilling life for all people with lupus in Europe until we have reached a world without lupus.” The Strategic plan discussions were concluded by the adoption of the new LUPUS EUROPE logo. Our many thanks go to Patrick and Sandra from setfire.to, the pro-bono sponsors who designed the logo for us and are now finalising our new website. They have clearly understood what LUPUS EUROPE Stands for: while retaining the symbolic lupus butterfly, it has a vibrant person at its core – just as we have our members and their members at the very heart of our work. We very much wanted a symbol of energy and hope, reflecting the already significantly better outlook for lupus patients today and all our hopes for the future.

This year, Kirsten Lerstrøm, LUPUS EUROPE chair, is stepping down. We cannot thank her enough for 10 years of devoted service and dogged determination to serve the cause of people living with lupus. She has encouraged us to keep the momentum and we look to the future with hope and determination. At the close of the convention, Jeanette Andersen was elected as the new Chair of LUPUS EUROPE, and Alain Cornet was appointed to the newly created position of General Secretary.

We are happy to present the 2018 board who we are sure will continue to serve the best interests of LUPUS EUROPE’s member organisations. From left to right: Katharine Wheeler (Vice-Chair & Secretary), Kirsi Myllys (Treasurer), Anne Charlet (Vice-Chair),  Jeanette Andersen (Chair), Annemarie Sluijmers (Skin) and Sara Badreh (Research & Youth).

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These few lines are just a taster, from a very full convention. More news and a complete convention report will be on its way soon.

 

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🚨 Call for patients🚨

🔊 INSPIRE SURVEY from the University of Cambridge.

This survey aims to improve the understanding of neurological symptoms in SLE and other rheumatic conditions.

Lupus is a very heterogeneous disease, which means that it affects people of different ethnic backgrounds and gender in different ways.

That is why, to get accurate research results, as many different groups as possible must be represented in the sample.

The INSPIRE survey was launched last year to get the patient experience on the assessment/monitoring of neurological symptoms, but they received very few responses from people from ethnic minorities.

That is why the research team led by Dr Chris Wincup has launched a new survey.

The new INSPIRE survey can be completed by lupus patients or their carers from around the world.

🟣 Please share as much as possible 🟣 in order to get a sample that includes a good proportion of all ethnic groups.

Thank you!

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I did it a second time and no it went good till the end

The survey was demolished.

1 week ago
LUPUS EUROPE

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is the most common form of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus. It is characterised by persistent scaly plaques on the scalp, face, and ears, which can progress to scarring, atrophy, depigmentation, and permanent hair loss in affected hair-bearing areas (Source: DermNet).

This study, published by Prof Marca Mosca et al., describes 2 cases of severe and refractory DLE successfully treated with anifrolumab, a human monoclonal antibody.

Although anifrolumab has been recently approved for the treatment of SLE, data from randomized clinical trials have shown a significant difference in cutaneous response rate in patients treated with anifrolumab from those in the placebo group.

While the effectiveness of this treatment in real life and in different types of skin lesions has yet to be determined, it could represent a new valid opportunity for treating DLE.

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Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is the most common form of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus. It is characterised by persistent scaly plaques on the scalp, face, and ears, which can progress to scarring, atrophy, depigmentation, and permanent hair loss in affected hair-bearing areas (Source: DermNet). 

This study, published by Prof Marca Mosca et al., describes 2 cases of severe and refractory DLE successfully treated with anifrolumab, a human monoclonal antibody. 

Although anifrolumab has been recently approved for the treatment of SLE, data from randomized clinical trials have shown a significant difference in cutaneous response rate in patients treated with anifrolumab from those in the placebo group. 

While the effectiveness of this treatment in real life and in different types of skin lesions has yet to be determined, it could represent a new valid opportunity for treating DLE.

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We know some of you missed the great seminar recently delivered by Prof. Laurent Arnaud.

Well, no worries!

You have the chance to see it again, thanks to the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM).

"Challenges in 2023 for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus".

Next 29th of March at 18:00 CET (i.e. Paris time).

Register for free here!

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We know some of you missed the great seminar recently delivered by Prof. Laurent Arnaud. 

Well, no worries! 

You have the chance to see it again, thanks to the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM). 

Challenges in 2023 for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Next 29th of March at 18:00 CET (i.e. Paris time).

Register for free here! 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O5yMwjfgTS29pMKvOZfgZwImage attachment
1 week ago
LUPUS EUROPE

Did you miss this ERN RECONNET webinar with Lou Kawka and Prof Laurent Arnaud about #fatigue in #SLE?

Now you have the chance to watch it!!! 😃🙌

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jc7SiP5BsA
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Did you miss this ERN RECONNET webinar with Lou Kawka and Prof Laurent Arnaud about #fatigue in #SLE? 

Now you have the chance to watch it!!! 😃🙌

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jc7SiP5BsA
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