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Amr Sawalha, MD, presents the etiology and epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Sawalha also identifies the role of genetics in lupus severity, and explains treatments and other targeted therapies. 

Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Explain the etiology and epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Recall recent progress in understanding the genetic basis of lupus and future implications in the clinic 
  • Recognize the heterogeneity of systemic lupus emphysematous at the clinical and molecular levels  
  • Identify updates on the treatment of lupus and discuss recent success in lupus clinical trials 


Dr. Sawalha has reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

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Release Date: 3/18/2021 | Last Modified On: 3/18/2021 | Expires: 3/18/2022

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