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New Grants Fund Critical Areas of Lupus Research

The Lupus Foundation of America addresses the gaps in understanding of pediatric lupus, neuropsychiatric lupus, lupus nephritis, and reproductive health issues

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) today announced the awarding of six new research grants to address gaps in the science and understanding of key areas of lupus research, including pediatric lupus, reproductive health issues in people with lupus, lupus nephritis (kidney involvement), and neuropsychiatric lupus, which affects the brain and nervous system. Advancements in these areas of lupus research are crucial to improving a patient’s quality of life, yet remain poorly understood, and have been inadequately funded by the federal government, industry, and other organizations.

“Issues related to reproductive health, the kidneys, and the nervous system affect so many of those living with lupus, yet these areas of research have suffered from a lack of resources, and in some cases have seen little advancement.”

“The research funded this year tackles some of the most complex and challenging areas of lupus research,” said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. “Issues related to reproductive health, the kidneys, and the nervous system affect so many of those living with lupus, yet these areas of research have suffered from a lack of resources, and in some cases have seen little advancement.”

Areas of study supported by Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) National Research Program have included epidemiology, biomarkers, cardiovascular disease, and adult stem cell transplantation. A key area of funding this year is reproductive health issues in people with lupus, which can affect both men and women. Reproductive health issues can include miscarriages, pre-term birth, and complications such as preeclampsia. There also is a need to develop programs to educate doctors and patients on issues related to the treatment of lupus during pregnancy, a better understanding of the risk factors for pregnancy-related complications and miscarriages, and the impact on the development of the fetus.

The LFA's National Research Program is dedicated to Bringing Down the Barriers that have obstructed basic biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and translational lupus research for decades. The LFA’s National Research Program is unique because it directs LFA funding to areas of research where gaps exist in the understanding of lupus and promising areas of study in which other public and private organizations have not focused their efforts. Using a national three-pronged strategy, the LFA and its national network are committed to advancing the science and medicine of lupus by: funding investigators through a peer-reviewed grant program; directly conducting special research initiatives; and advocating for increased investment by federal and state governments, as well as the nation's pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Click here for a complete list of research grantees and additional information about the LFA’s National Research Program.

About Lupus

Lupus is an acute and chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system is out of balance, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ in the body. Lupus can be unpredictable and potentially fatal, yet at present no satisfactory treatment or cure exists. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have a form of lupus. Its health effects include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, miscarriages, and organ failure.

About the LFA

The LFA is the foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its national network of chapters, branches, and support groups conduct programs of research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.lupus.org.

About the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Wallace Henry Coulter was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and visionary. He was co-founder and Chairman of Coulter® Corporation, a worldwide medical diagnostics company, and through his discovery of the Coulter® Principle, is responsible for the current practice of hematology laboratory medicine.

Named for Coulter, the Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of translational research in biomedical engineering with the goal of accelerating the introduction of new technologies into patient care. The Foundation received its first funding in 1999 and since then has worked with colleges, universities, and professional associations that Wallace Coulter was associated with during his lifetime. His values of endless curiosity, continuous learning, teamwork, consideration, and respect for the individual, coupled with the highest level of ethics and integrity, are the cornerstone values of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

LFA Chapters that have provided contributions in support of the LFA’s National Research Program:

Alaska Chapter
Akron Area Chapter
DC/MD/VA Chapter
Eastern Virginia Chapter
Illinois Chapter
Memphis Area Chapter
Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter
Piedmont Chapter
Vermont Chapter
Winston-Triad Chapter

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