Research -Division of Rheumatology

Dr. Terry L. Moore received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1972. After an internship and residency in internal medicine at Saint Louis University Hospital and a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., Dr. Moore returned to St. Louis where he became a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Saint Louis University Medical School. Currently, Dr. Moore also serves as the Director of the Division of Rheumatology at both Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Moore has published over 320 scientific articles and abstracts on rheumatic disease topics.

Dr. Moore's most recent research projects focus on antibodies associated with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), the connection between Parvovirus and SLE, and the development of lupus and other connective tissue diseases.

His research findings have been published in such journals as Arthritis and Rheumatism, Journal of Rheumatology, Journal of Immunology, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and Current Opinions in Rheumatology.

"Due to the spread of AIDS and the need for scientific study of other medical conditions, funding for SLE, JIA, and other rheumatic diseases has been drastically cut," Dr. Moore said. This cutback and a lack of other funding sources have adversely affected the advancement of Lupus Research. Treating more than 2,000 patients with various rheumatic diseases, Dr. Moore said he is only able to dedicate about 20 percent of his time to his research.

"Steady funding of only $80,000 per year would pay for a lab technician, a basic scientist working in our laboratory full-time, and chemical supplies to complete the research projects we have proposed. While I would continue to treat patients, I could pass my ideas on research to the laboratory person who would be able to dedicate 100 percent of their time to research," Dr. Moore said.