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Lupus Research Update: 2012 Volume 4

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2012: A Year of Tremendous Achievement

Revealing More to Understand More

No other private organization has done more to fight lupus than the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) — and 2012 marked another great year. The ALR plays a major role in advancing the basic understanding of this disease by funding the investigations of the world's brightest scientists.

Research Remains Essential

We believe it is possible to beat lupus for good... and that research is the answer. In 2012, the ALR awarded nearly $9 million to promising investigations through the following grant mechanisms:

Ten scientists were awarded almost $5 million through Target Investigation in Lupus and nine geneticists received $2 million through our Functional Genomics and Molecular Pathways program. Additionally, 10 investigators received third-year grant extensions with $1.9 million.

By the end of 2012, the ALR will have committed a total of $80 million to lupus research since our inception in 1999.

  • The ALR embarked on a collaboration with Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation to stimulate advances in lupus research at the country's top academic medical centers.
  • We supported the first Lupus Nephritis Trials Network to facilitate clinical trials designed to reveal clues on prevention and the efficacy of therapeutic agents for chronic kidney disease.
  • And we collaborated on a newly conceived initiative — the Lupus Insight Prize — that aims to award $200,000 to a research inquiry on the verge of making real advances.

The Good Work of Many

The ALR worked on many fronts, organizing events to heighten awareness, raising funds for research, and harnessing the goodwill of people determined to make a difference.
  • Walk with Us to Cure Lupus events brought together tens of thousands of volunteers virtually and in 17 cities, raising more than $2.8 million — while the NY Jets again rallied support at a home game and through a special promotion.
  • Motorists nationwide learned about the ALR through Clear Channel's billboard promotion — while Mack the Molecule, our animated mascot, returned to a Broadway billboard for Lupus Awareness Month.
  • At this year's Annual Gala in December, John Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will be honored for his commitment to ending lupus.
  • The ALR was again selected as a BGC Partners Charity Day beneficiary, an event in remembrance of those who died on 9/11.
  • And to promote change in Washington, D.C., an ALR delegation met with the Congressional Lupus Caucus to gather support for the advancement of lupus research and public awareness.

In reflecting on 2012, ALR President Kenneth M. Farber offered: "The ALR has had a great year — finding answers to quickly make a difference in the lives of those with lupus."


1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

100 million

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