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Lupus Research Update: 2013 Volume 4

Volume 4, 2013 | In This Issue


2013: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments >
Collaboration to Accelerate Pace of Lupus Research >
TREX1 Gene Mutation: An Avenue to Target Lupus >
Getting One Walk Up and Running while Another Approaches $1 Million Threshold >
A Grateful Message to the ALR Family of Supporters >
Lupus News Corner >

2013: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments

Learning More About Lupus — Cracking Its Code

Throughout 2013, the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) made great breakthrough advancements — learned more about how lupus works — and accelerated the pace of finding new treatments. Furthermore, we brought hope to people with lupus that a cure is on the horizon.

Putting Resources Into Research

The ALR took a multi-faceted approach to put an end to the disease by funding investigations that look at lupus from many varied angles. We explored ways to lessen the painful, debilitating impact of lupus through less harmful interventions. Toward this aim, the ALR awarded nearly $7 million to promising investigations through its Target Identification in Lupus program.

Nine new projects received almost $5 million and, additonally 10 investigators received almost $2 million in thirdyear grant extensions. No other organization has committed more funds to lupus research. Since our inception in 1999, the ALR has funded the world’s most innovative projects with a total of $82 million committed to lupus research.

  • The year brought a trailblazing collaboration with the Lupus Research Institute to fruition. Together, the two organizations will be exploring ways to accelerate the identification of new treatment options from already FDA approved therapies for other medical conditions.

  • The ALR, in collaboration with the Lupus Foundation of America and the Lupus Research Institute awarded the Lupus Insight Prize of $200,000 to Mark J. Shlomchik, MD, PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Offering Opportunities to Make a Difference

The ALR is grateful to everyone who gave their time, energy, and resources to heighten awareness of lupus and raise funds for research.

  • In 19 cities throughout the country, walkers, virtual walkers, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors raised almost $3 million through our grassroots signature Walk with Us to Cure Lupus events — while one of our biggest allies — the NY Jets again raised money and awareness at a home game and through special promotions.

  • In remembrance of their colleagues who died on 9/11, BGC Partners, Inc. created Charity Day and again included the ALR as a participant charity of the event.

In reflecting on the accomplishments of 2013, ALR President Kenneth M. Farber offered: “Each year the ALR makes advances in lupus research and 2013 is no exception — each discovery brings us closer to a cure.”


1.5 million

people in the U.S. have Lupus.

100 million

dollars committed to lupus research by the Alliance for Lupus Research.


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