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Since 2004, the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) has successfully advocated for greatly increased federal funding for lupus research.

Through the Department of Defense: In 2004, the ALR was successful in in its efforts to have lupus included in the list of diseases funded under the Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program. This was the first time that lupus has been included as one of the 23 scientific topic areas covered by this $50-million competitive grant program. This effort has equalled an additional $8-million to lupus research. For more information on these federally-funded projects, please click here.  

Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Thanks in part to the ongoing work of our advocates, the NIH, the U.S. Government's largest funder of medical research, has increased its support of lupus research by a projected $41-million! Click here to view the NIH's most recent Research Portfolio.

Facts on Lupus*:

  • Lupus hits hardest one of our nation's most medically-underserved populations.
  • While the disease also affects men and children, 90% of all those diagnosed are women in their childbearing years.
  • Women of African-American descent are two-thirds more likely to be diagnosed with lupus. Also particularly vulnerable are women of Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander descent.
  • Lupus costs the nation over $100 billion a year in direct and indirect medical costs.
  • The number of Americans currently affected by lupus is estimated at 1.4 million.

*All statistics from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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