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Lupus Research Institute announces 2009 novel research grants
Date:11/24/2009

The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) today named 12 new grant recipients for 2009. The awards, totaling $3.6 million, recognize innovative work across a broad spectrum of lupus research. All were selected for their creativity, novelty, and potential to drive scientific discovery to ultimately prevent, treat, and cure the complex disease of systemic lupus.

The 2009 grants go to both new and established lupus researchers across the nation and include interdisciplinary and highly promising investigations such as:

  • Testing a new way to monitor lupus nephritis (kidney inflammation) without intrusive and sometimes damaging biopsies via noninvasive MRI scans.

  • Pinpointing novel genes specifically associated with lupus in people of African-American ancestrya population more commonly affected by lupus, and also far more likely to experience severe disease.

  • Taking the unconventional approach that nervous system networks modulate inflammation and can be targeted to limit damage to organs in lupus.

"For a decade, the LRI has dedicated itself to innovation and scientific risk-taking in search of new answers and treatments for lupus," said LRI President Margaret G. Dowd. "Recent advances in the corporate sector certainly have demonstrated the value and importance of bold innovation as the pathway to discovery in lupus."

Many of the 2009 grants are innovative studies in human lupus biology that work directly with human tissue in order to hasten the translation of the science into solid human outcomes, advancing the development of new therapies and filling a notable gap in the scientific field.

The $3.6 million in awards to 12 investigators nationwide brings the LRI's total investment for Novel Research Grants to $30 million to 102 investigators at 55 academic medical centers across 22 states.

"A grant from the LRI is known in immunology as very prestigious," said LRI researcher Christ
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Contact: Liane Stegmaier
lstegmaier@lupusny.org
212-812-9881
Lupus Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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