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2007: A Watershed Year for Lupus Research and Education
Date:12/28/2007

Advances in Lupus Research Give Hope for a Better Quality of Life for 1.5 Million Americans with Lupus

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. -- 2007 was a year of significant achievement in the fight against lupus, an unpredictable and potentially fatal disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans and at least five million individuals worldwide. Public and private funding for lupus research greatly expanded, and new efforts were initiated to bring greater public awareness to lupus and its often devastating consequences.

Promising new targets for treatment were presented at major scientific conferences this past year as links between the laboratory and the clinic began to emerge. Most notably, several pharmaceutical companies are targeting an inflammatory pathway that has in recent years been recognized as critical in lupus, in hopes of developing new drug candidates.

The largest sources of funding for research on lupus - the federal government and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries - each boosted their support during the past year.

The U.S. Congress tripled funding for lupus epidemiological research funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by providing $3.1 million to expand the National Lupus Patient Registry. In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $5 million grant to establish a new Center of Research Translation on lupus, and the Department of Defense (DoD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) awarded millions of dollars to support additional lupus research studies.

Private funding for lupus research also rose dramatically in 2007, as evidenced by the nearly two dozen clinical research studies conducted by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to test potential new, safe, and effective treatments for lupus. This progress in lupus research and development provided growing enthusiasm am
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