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2009: A Year of Many Firsts in Efforts to Overcome Lupus
Date:12/23/2009

ing the management of the disease in children and teens, improving health outcomes, the underlying genetic causes of male lupus, facilitating greater accuracy in the diagnosis of lupus, and the development of new, safe, and effective treatments. In addition, the LFA awarded five student fellowships to foster an interest in lupus research, and renewed funding for the Lupus Biomarkers Clinical Consortium, a collaborative initiative that seeks to identify biomarkers that hold promise to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of lupus. In all, the LFA supported the work of 13 lupus investigators in 2009.

9. A Growing Number of Lupus Studies Presented at World's Largest Scientific Meeting for Rheumatologists

Building momentum for scientific discovery in lupus was evident when more than 260 abstracts of research studies related to lupus were presented during the 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Philadelphia during October. The LFA produced video highlights of more than 20 significant studies. The videos are available at www.lupus.org/acr. During the conference, LFA officials also met with the Foundation's medical and corporate advisors to discuss the future direction of research on lupus and to review recommendations from an important new report on barriers to lupus drug development.

10. Lupus Enters Popular Culture and Awareness Increases as LFA Expands its Presence on the Net

As part of its Patient Voices series, The New York Times website featured the stories of people from across the country who are affected by lupus. The LFA further expanded its presence on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to engage a new online audience in advocacy
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