Patients with lupus and other rheumatic diseases are often treated through trial and error. This approach can delay effective treatments and subject patients to additional suffering and clinical complications. Precision medicine uses objective clinical measures to ensure that each patient receives the right treatment, in the right dose, at the right time. Unfortunately, for many rheumatic diseases, we lack the detailed molecular understanding needed for precision medicine. This need is the central focus of my group’s research.
In addition, as a fifth generation Oklahoman with Cherokee and Quapaw heritage, I am keenly aware of the health needs in Oklahoma, especially among rural and tribal populations. Therefore, I have been deeply involved in research to address the needs of these communities and to develop a robust, nationally recognized infrastructure for improving health outcomes through research.
I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our work to advance precision medicine in rheumatology and health equity for Oklahomans.
Judith James, MD, PhD