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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Seminar Series

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Megan Clowse

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the February seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: February 25, 2019
Time: 8:45 am to 10:00 am
Location: Trent Semans Center, Room 3025 (Classroom 3)

Seminar Title: "Can We Determine the Impact of Maternal Rheumatic Disease on Children?”
Speaker: Megan Clowse, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology
Duke University School of Medicine

Megan Clowse, PhD is an associate professor of medicine, rheumatology and immunology. Her clinical research focuses on the management of rheumatologic diseases in pregnancy. She has cared for over 600 pregnancies in women with rheumatic diseases, collecting information on these pregnancies initially in the Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy Registry and Repository. She served on the Core Leadership Team for the inaugural American College of Rheumatology's Reproductive Health Guidelines, due in 2019. Dr. Clowse has created, a website dedicated to improving lupus pregnancy planning and management for patients and rheumatologists. 

Dr. Clowse was the founding director of the Duke Lupus Clinic, where she continues to see patients each week and mentor junior faculty researchers. The team has developed a new approach to lupus classification and management and is currently collecting and analyzing patient- and physician-reported measures to better clarify this construct. 

As a clinical associate director of Duke Forge, Dr. Clowse is overseeing several Department of Medicine funded pilot studies to identify and build innovative approaches to using health data to improve patient care.