Volume 2, 2010 - Online Edition | In This Issue
The Next Phase in Advancing Genetic Science >
Brilliant Minds Search for Answers >
Uncovering New Paths to Treatment for Lupus Nephritis >
Faces of Lupus: A Volunteer Who has it All >
Lupus Experts Convene at International Congress >
Lupus News Corner >
Lupus Experts Convene at International Congress
The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) was pleased to be a major participant in the 9th InternationalCongress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which met in Vancouver, Canada, on June 24-27, 2010.
Held every three years, this summer’s gathering of more than 60 top lupus researchers and clinicians included 25 ALR experts. Along with industry leaders and people with lupus and their families, from all over the world, the attendees shared new findings on lupus research, treatment, and management.
The Congress achieved its key aims of identifying areas of lupus research, education, and care that offer the largest opportunities to improve the lives of people with lupus; and of lowering barriers between lupus scientists of different disciplines, generations, and cultures.
“There was a sense of real progress at the Congress about lupus treatments. The significant new research developments presented suggest that the many patients with lupus can be hopeful that we will soon have additional treatment strategies.” Dr. Peggy Crow
In plenary sessions, keynote discussions, poster sessions, workshops, and educational courses, the Congress showcased the latest developments in managing lupus, including discoveries into its basic causes and results from the most recent clinical trials.
One of the attendees, Dr. Peggy Crow, a world-renowned scientist, leader in autoimmunity research and clinical practice, and Chair of ALR’s Scientific Advisory Board, commented on the Congress: “For the first time in 50 years, we are hopeful there will soon be
a new treatment option available for the many Americans touched by lupus.”
Participants developed strategies to collaborate on future research and to encourage and mentor tomorrow’s innovators in the field. Of particular importance — given current economic troubles worldwide — the Congress established plans to ensure continued funding for research and patient care.
The ALR believes that such collaborative efforts are key to fostering ideas that may lead to a cure for lupus.