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The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to serve the needs of people affected by Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome, a disorder of unknown cause, is characterized by deficient moisture production of the mucous-secreting glands, particularly the tear ducts of the eyes (lacrimal) and the salivary glands of the mouth. Primarily affecting middle-aged women, it is thought to be due to an abnormal autoimmune response. The mission of the foundation is to support and educate individuals affected by Sjögren’s syndrome and their families; educate healthcare professionals and the general public about the disorder; and stimulate interest in research toward improved treatments and an eventual cure. In addition, the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation provides referrals to physicians, local chapters, and to support groups. The foundation offers postgraduate and student fellowships, and conducts comprehensive symposia on Sjögren’s syndrome. Regional chapters and support groups conduct smaller regional and local gatherings. The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation produces an extensive array of educational and support materials.
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