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Lupus Research Update: 2009 Volume 1

Volume 1, 2009 - Online Edition | In This Issue


Message From The President >
Early Funding From the Alliance For Lupus Research Helps Small Firm Advance Research >
Activist Cathy Flanagan-Ross Donates “Cure Lupus Now” Trademark To The ALR >
Lupus Research Progress – ALR-Funded Researcher Awarded DoD Funding >
Lupus Research Progress – 2009 Grantees Represent Cutting Edge Research >
Who Gets Lupus? >
The Face of Lupus: Jalynn Skye Miller and Family >
National Limousine Association Supports the ALR >
ALR Proudly Displays BBB Wise Giving Alliance Seal >
ALR Advocacy Leads to Continued DoD Funding for Lupus Research >
Shoe News – Families Walking for a Cure: The Rineharts, Baltimore, MD, Saint Peter's University Hospital, and Singing for a Cure in Seattle >

Lupus Research Progress – ALR-Funded Researcher Awarded DoD Funding

The Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program has once again awarded research funding to a project originally funded by ALR. With funding from ALR, Dr. Joseph M. Ahearn, M.D. , Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, discovered a common biomarker (C4d) in the platelets of patients with lupus. Now, with funding from the Department of Defense, Dr. Ahearn and his team will examine how C4d-carrying platelets are generated in lupus patients and how they function. This research could lead to treatments to intervene and prevent the complications of C4d-carrying platelets in patients with lupus. “Early support from the ALR was instrumental in laying the groundwork that put us in a position to apply for Defense Department funding,” said Dr. Ahearn. “We couldn’t have done it without dedicated early support from the ALR.”


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