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Mission Statement

The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) is a national voluntary health organization based in New York City that was founded in 1999 and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson. By committing millions of dollars to significant lupus research every year and holding nationwide lupus walks to secure additional funding, the ALR is proactively battling lupus.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR ) is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease, by supporting medical research.

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Our Strategy:

From among scientists at the most prestigious universities, medical schools, and hospitals throughout the world, we select and support the most promising research projects that we believe will treat, cure, and help prevent lupus.

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The Solution to Lupus Is Research!

We believe the solution to lupus is a significant increase in biomedical research focused on new treatments, prevention, and a cure.

ALR uses a multi-level review system to ensure that it supports only the finest and most relevant lupus research projects. Applications for funding are rigorously scrutinized through a system called peer-review, in which an individually tailored panel of scientific experts reviews and ranks each research proposal. Then the ALR’s Scientific Advisory Board provides a second level of scrutiny before making funding recommendations to ALR’s Board of Directors,whose members function as final, non-scientist reviewers.

Since its founding, ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world; to date, ALR has committed almost $90 million to lupus research.

Because our Board of Directors pays for all administrative and fundraising costs, one hundred percent of all donations from the public, and the proceeds of our signature grassroots fundraising program, Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, go directly to support research programs.

Great progress is being made as a result of this unprecedented focus on biomedical research. ALR-funded scientists are identifying genes that may predispose individuals to lupus disease. They are unraveling the ways that the immune system causes the tissue and organ damage so characteristic of the disease. New medications are being designed and tested so that the disease and its complications can be treated more safely and effectively, and perhaps even prevented. New approaches to diagnose and monitor the disease are also being developed through lupus research.

ALR is working tirelessly to create a world where lupus no longer exists. On behalf of all those touched by lupus, thank you for your interest and support. Together, we will find a cure.

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1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

100 million

dollars committed to lupus research by the Alliance for Lupus Research.


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