King's College London (KCL), UK

King's College LondonGuy's & St Thomas' Hospital, the coordinator of the user group, is a very large academic centre linked to the Medical School of King's College London. The specific unit participating in the project is the Louise Coote Lupus Unit, which is the largest lupus centre in Europe. They have more than 3000 registered patients, and run specialised daily clinics for patients with lupus nephritis, antiphospholipid syndrome and cerebral lupus, as well as clinics for lupus and pregnancy. The Research Unit is located in the Rayne Institute at St Thomas' Hospital and some of their projects include the long-term follow-up of patients with lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome, the mechanism of thrombosis and pregnancy loss in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome, and new markers for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome. They also have a special interest in lupus nephritis and cerebral lupus.

Munther Khamashta MD FRCP PhD.
Lupus Research Unit
The Rayne Institute
St. Thomas Hospital
King's College London