The Lupus Clinic of Northern Alberta (LUNA) was established in 2010 to serve patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in northern Alberta. Currently housed in the Kaye Edmonton Clinic, this weekly clinic is run by Stephanie Keeling, a clinical rheumatologist and associate professor of medicine with the University of Alberta. In addition to providing state-of-the-art clinical care, Dr. Keeling also participates in clinical research and participates in clinical trials for lupus. The promise of newer therapies for lupus has opened the door for collaborations with other rheumatologists across North America. Currently, she is a member of the Canadian Network of Improved Outcomes in SLE (CaNIOS), a Canada-wide group of rheumatologists collaborating to study Canadian SLE patients and the “Lupus Clinical Investigation Network” (LUCIN), a North American network of rheumatologists who are working to improve the lives of patients with lupus.
LUNA is excited to participate in local, national and international studies for lupus.
Medications are very important in helping you gain control of your lupus disease activity and are often needed in the long-term which can range from years to the rest of your life. By working with your rheumatologist, you can find the best and safest medication regimen that stops your active disease so that you do not suffer from permanent damage. The goal is to get back to how you felt before you developed lupus, or as close as possible to this state.