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Lupus Research Update: 2008 Volume 4

Volume 4, 2008 - Online Edition | In This Issue


Message From The President >
ALR Leadership Paves Way For Research Breakthroughs >
Success! Congress Passes Department of Defense Funding for Lupus Research >
Lupus Research Progress: Meet Dr. Anselm Hennis / Meet Dr. Anne Davidson >
The Faces of Lupus – Francine Katz: 2008 ALR Volunteer of the Year >
The Faces of Lupus – Angela Barmby Greenberg: 2008 ALR Quest for a Cure Award >
2008 Events Highlights >
Successful 2008 ALR National Volunteer Meeting and Advocacy Day >
Celebrating ALR Volunteers at the Working Together For A Cure National Awards Dinner >
ALR Top Walkers, Teams & Corporate Sponsors >

Success! Congress Passes Department of Defense Funding for Lupus Research

The ALR marked a significant legislative success when appropriations for the Department of Defense (DOD) once again included lupus as an eligible disease to receive funding under its Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) played a crucial role in safeguarding lupus as one of only nineteen diseases listed as eligible for 2008 PRMRP funding.

In 2004, the ALR initiated and organized the effort to include lupus as a disease eligible for funding through the DOD. Since then, the ALR has successfully kept lupus listed every fiscal year, and to date, the DOD has awarded $5.1 million to lupus researchers.

"We are grateful that Congress recognizes the significant need for scientific medical research and has continued to work with us to keep lupus a listed disease eligible for DOD PRMRP funding," said ALR President Barbara Boyts.

Thank you to our ALR advocates who have been active in encouraging support for federal funding. Together, we can make a difference—and, we did!

For more information on DOD PRMRP and other federal funded medical research programs visit our website at: http://www.lupusresearch.org/policy. If you would like more information on becoming an ALR advocate, please email advocacy@lupusresearch.org


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