SOURCE: Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Foundation of America

January 29, 2015 09:00 ET

Lupus Foundation of America Accepting Applications to Fund Critical Lupus Research

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - January 29, 2015) - The Lupus Foundation of America (Foundation) is accepting applications from lupus investigators to provide critical funding for lupus scientific research. This year, the Foundation's National Research Program will fund priority areas in lupus research, including new grants in environmental triggers of lupus and health outcomes in pediatric lupus.

The Foundation is accepting applications for the following grants, fellowships and awards:

  • LIFELINE Grant ProgramTM - provides a year's worth of salary support for faculty who experience a gap in external funding for a specific, previously funded study due to the decreased funding available from government sources. Since its inception in 2014, this program has been keeping important lupus research projects on track while investigators reapply for larger federal grants.
  • Stem Cells in Lupus - aims to accelerate the discovery of potential therapeutic benefits of adult stem cells in lupus and how they may be used to develop life-saving treatments for the disease. 
  • Environmental Triggers of Lupus - enhances the current understanding of the role of the environment in the development of lupus and lupus flares.
  • Health Outcomes in Pediatric Lupus - will improve the short and long-term health outcomes of children with lupus. This grant is available through the Foundation's Michael Jon Barlin Pediatric Research Program. It was established with the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The Foundation is the first and only lupus advocacy organization in the United States with a dedicated pediatric lupus research agenda.
  • Career Development Award - facilitates the professional development of fellows in the early part of their career who are interested in becoming lupus clinician-scientists.
  • Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program - seeks to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young scientists by funding lupus research studies conducted under the supervision of an established investigator.

"The Lupus Foundation of America National Research Program is essential to funding the critical research of investigators who are on the brink of scientific breakthroughs in lupus," said Amr H. Sawalha, MD, Research Subcommittee Chair, Medical-Scientific Advisory Council, Lupus Foundation of America. "The two new lupus grants added to the Foundation's comprehensive research program this year are focusing on areas that are understudied and underfunded. Lupus investigators are tackling the biggest challenges in lupus research. Funding for these critical projects have the potential to impact patients' lives today and will bring us a step closer to treatments and cures for people with lupus."

Lupus investigators who are interested in the grant opportunities may obtain more information and links to the online applications at www.lupus.org/rfa. Applications are due by March 31.

About the Lupus Foundation of America National Research Program

As the world's oldest and largest national organization dedicated to lupus, the Lupus Foundation of America advances lupus research, through its National Research Program: Bringing Down the Barriers™, in three ways: leads special research initiatives and forges collaborative efforts among stakeholders to address critical issues in the field of lupus; funds researchers at medical institutions nationwide to address the gaps in understanding the causes, progression, and consequences of lupus; and advocates for expanded investment in research from public and private sources at the state and federal levels.

About the Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, the Foundation leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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