The Sjögren’s Center at Johns Hopkins

  • Greene Scholars Felipe Andrade, M.D., Ph.D. and Erika Darrah, Ph.D. examine a culture.

  • Greene Scholar Dr. Brendan Antiochos conducts Rheumatology Research at Johns Hopkins

  • Rheumatology Research at Johns Hopkins

  • The dedication plaque

  • Drs. Alan Baer and Antony Rosen in the lab

Cracking the Code of Autoimmune Disease

“(W)e hope to be able to tailor therapies that will specifically interfere with the key molecular pathways active in individual patients.”
— Alan Nathaniel Baer, MD, Clinical Director of the Sjögren’s Center

Established in 2009, this multidisciplinary center deals with an autoimmune disease, Sjögren’s Syndrome, that effects women 98 percent of the time. It causes dry eyes and mouth, dental decay, fatigue, joint pain, severe vaginal dryness and anemia. Sjogren’s is treatable but often incorrectly diagnosed. By combining the expertise of rheumatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, dentists, gynecologists and otolaryngologists, Johns Hopkins is changing this.

The Foundation and Dawn Greene donated $6 million to establish this center, which provides outstanding clinical care while facilitating research and scholarship.  The Foundation has also committed $3 million through 2016 to support in each year five promising young scholars’ basic cellular research relating directly to rheumatological diseases including Sjögren’s. A new publication, LEAP, describes their research and tantalizing discoveries.