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When your body turns on you, bad things can happen. Designed to guard against viruses, bacteria and foreign invaders, the immune system sometimes malfunctions, resulting in scleroderma, lupus and more than 80 other potentially crippling disorders. Scientists and clinicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have made critical research and patient care breakthroughs in autoimmune and autoinflammatory disease. They can share this expertise with reporters.

UTHealth specialists available for interview.