Navigation Links
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation announces new grants to further NYC scientists' leadership in lupus research

New York City's S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is pleased to name the latest recipients of its Career Development and Basic Science Fellowships: Josephine Isgro, MD of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Dipyaman Ganguly, PhD of Columbia University Medical Center, and Yi Yan, PhD of the Feinstein Institute at North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Hospital.

These grants, totaling $420,000, push the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's lifetime investment in New York City-based lupus research past $17 millionan unparalleled sum for private sector lupus research funding and investigator training in any single metropolitan area.

"The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has been key in making New York City the nation's leader in lupus research and results that matter for people with this disease," said Bruce Cronstein, MD, of New York University, chairman of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's Medical Advisory Board.

Since 1977, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has distributed nearly 200 grants to more than 139 young scientists in the New York area to help ensure that the most talented and ambitious minds enterand remainin the field of lupus research, while building the city as a global center of discovery and care.

With their award funds, the three new grantees will work with mentors to explore potential treatments, and possible causes, for lupus:

  • Dr. Isgro at HSS, a Brooklyn native, will explore with her mentor Alessandra Pernis, MD, PhD, a target for a new lupus therapy that uses statins, which are commonly known drugs for lowering cholesterol.

  • Dr. Ganguly at Columbia University, under the supervision of Boris Reizis, PhD, will test the hypothesis that a newly identified gene is significant in regulating the cause and development of lupus.

  • Dr. Yan at North Shore-LIJ and her mentor Betty Diamond, MD will dig deeper into recent Feinstein Institute discoveries regarding receptor editing in lupus, and aim to show how critical "affector" mechanisms lead to the production of damaging auto-antibodies in lupus.

"As a fellow, you are desperate to find support to stay in the lab," describes 2003 Career Development Award recipient Guillermina Girardi, PhD at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan. "But with the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's grant you can take the risks and develop new areas of work. It's been really, really important to me."

"The fellowship grant was the very first research grant I ever received," adds Jane Salmon, MD, co-director of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research at HHS and a 1981 Basic Science Fellowship winner. "It motivated me and made me believe that people had confidence in me as a scientist. It changed my life and it enabled me to begin an independent career, which I've been pursuing now for over 30 years."

And since 2000, as a founding member of the national Lupus Research Institute, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has extended its research support to over 100 distinguished scientists across the country pursuing novel approaches to understanding and treating lupusincluding 20 based in New York City.

New York-area academic medical centers with scientists who have received funds from the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute include:

  • Hospital for Special Surgery: $4.4 million via 52 grants
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine: $3.2 million via 39 grants
  • Columbia University Medical Center: $2.6 million via 18 grants
  • NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases: $2 million via 32 grants
  • North Shore/LIJ-Feinstein Institute: $1.2 million via 16 grants

"Due to our early and ongoing investment, New York City now has the most lupus labs, the most lupus researchers, and the most lupus treatment centers than any other place in the country," said the Foundation's Executive Director Margaret Dowd. "By fostering new scientific talent and building research labs, the Foundation and its New York City partner institutions are leading the way to new treatments and a cure."


Contact: Liane Stegmaier
Lupus Research Institute

Related biology news :

1. Gene linked to lupus might explain gender difference in disease risk
2. UT Southwestern researchers probe kidney damage, protection in lupus
3. National report shines light on lupus 50-year treatment drought
4. Genomes of identical twins reveal epigenetic changes that may play role in lupus
5. Lupus Research Institute announces 2009 novel research grants
6. UCLA study identifies genetic variation linked to lupus in Asian men
7. Lupus Research Institute-funded study points to increased risk for lupus in men
8. New clinical test to predict lupus flares moves closer to the market
9. Research uncovers key to understanding cause of lupus
10. New clue to lupus: Failed autoimmune suppression mechanism
11. A major prize in the chemical sciences announced by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/12/2015)... India , October 12, 2015 ... a new market research report on the "Digital Security ... technology, & Security Token), by Software (Anti-Phishing, Authentication, Network ... to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected ... to 2020, and reach USD 14.6 Billion by 2020. ...
(Date:10/9/2015)... 2015 ... "Samsung Galaxy S6 Fingerprint Sensor - ... offering. --> ) has ... Galaxy S6 Fingerprint Sensor - Reverse Costing ... --> Research and Markets ( ...
(Date:10/7/2015)... -- NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or the "Company"), ... commerce market and creator of the Wocket® smart wallet ... term executive at American Express has been appointed to ... ("NXT-ID" or the "Company"), a biometric authentication company focused ... the Wocket® smart wallet announces Mr. Stanley E. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... JACKSONVILLE, Florida , October 13, 2015 ... company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and ... & metastatic disease, will be a featured presenting company ... at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in ... --> TapImmune, Inc. (TPIV), a clinical-stage immunotherapy ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Mass. and TORONTO , Oct. ... GNBT) today announced that it has entered into a non-binding ... ), a private Israeli company that has developed a proprietary ... infertile due to varicoceles. the United States ... between the ages of 25 and 44 diagnosed ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... Clinovo recently ... expertise to the company’s fast growing clinical data solutions business. , Jeff Parr has ... companies of all sizes, including Avery Dennison, Thermo Fisher, and Ab Sciex to name ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... personalized medicine, is excited to announce their partnership with the Keck Medicine ... genetics of chronic pain. , The T.R.O.J.A.N. Study (Therapeutic Evaluation to Research Clinical ...
Breaking Biology Technology: