University of Calgary

Ann Clarke

  • Professor
  • Full Time Faculty
  • +1 (403) 220-8737


Dr. Ann Clarke is a Professor in the Division of Rheumatology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and holds The Arthritis Society Chair in Rheumatic Diseases. She established the University of Calgary Lupus Clinic in 2013 and is its current Director. She obtained her medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and trained in General Internal Medicine and Immunology at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. She completed a Master’s degree in Health Services Research at Stanford University, California prior to joining the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in 1993. She was co-Director of the McGill University Health Centre Lupus Clinic prior to re-locating to the University of Calgary in 2013.

Dr. Clarke is an established investigator in the epidemiology, economics, and outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus. She has been the recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Edmund Dubois Memorial Lectureship Award in recognition of her research in SLE. Her research focuses on the risk and determinants of malignancy in SLE and the long-term economic costs associated with accrual of SLE-associated organ damage.

Dr. Clarke is the current Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC). She has received support from numerous Canadian and American peer-reviewed granting agencies, has published 300 scientific articles, about two-thirds of them in lupus. She is very engaged in the training of the next generation of lupus clinicians and investigators.

Dr. Clarke is also an established investigator in food allergy focusing on it’s etiology, epidemiology, natural history, diagnosis, and management.  She is leading a major food allergy initiative within the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence.  Her specific focus is on the nationwide prevalence of food allergy and factors initiating its development.  She is particularly interested in exploring these areas in vulnerable populations of Canadians.  Her research team has also assembled large registries of children with food allergy and anaphylaxis that serve as a resource for epidemiological, clinical, and an ongoing genome-wide association study (GWAS) investigating the genetic factors contributing to the development of peanut allergy.


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