Clinical Care Network

All patients with juvenile myositis deserve the best care possible.

The Cure JM Clinical Care Network links patients to top physicians in the U.S. and globally who are actively pursuing better treatments and a cure for juvenile myositis.

Lauren Covert, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rheumatology
Durham, NC

Dr. Lauren T. Covert is a highly accomplished pediatric rheumatologist who has undergone extensive training to specialize in her field. She completed her Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Duke University, School of Medicine, where she honed her expertise in treating autoimmune and inflammatory conditions in children. Prior to that, she undertook a Combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Residency at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, following her Pediatric Internship at the same institution. Dr. Covert earned her M.D. from Georgetown University, School of Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Covert’s research endeavors have been supported by significant funding, including a grant from the Cure JM Foundation for her project titled “Cell-free mitochondrial DNA induces type I interferon production in an experimental myobundle model of juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM),” awarded for the period of 2022 – 2023. This grant underscores her commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of juvenile dermatomyositis.

Dr. Covert has contributed to the field through several impactful publications. Among her notable works are:

  • Covert, Lauren T., Joseph A. Prinz, Devjanee Swain-Lenz, Jeffrey Dvergsten, and George A. Truskey. “Genetic changes from type I interferons and JAK inhibitors: clues to drivers of juvenile dermatomyositis.” Rheumatology (Oxford), February 5, 2024.
  • Covert, Lauren T., Hailee Patel, Alaa Osman, Lavonia Duncan, Jeffrey Dvergsten, and George A. Truskey. “Effect of type I interferon on engineered pediatric skeletal muscle: a promising model for juvenile dermatomyositis.” Rheumatology (Oxford) 63, no. 1 (January 4, 2024): 209–17.

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