Volume 4, 2016 | In This Issue
2016: A Year of Coming Together >
Moving Scientific Exploration Forward — From a Position of Even Greater Strength >
Remembering Susan Golick >
Lupus News Corner >
2016: A Year of Coming Together
Merger Offers Tremendous New Possibilities
With the 2016 formation of our bold new organization — the Lupus Research Alliance — we've funded scientific inquiries that have the potential to catapult lupus research discovery to new heights.
Much thought, energy, and planning over the past two years went into the creation of the Lupus Research Alliance. Taking the best of what three lupus giants had to offer — the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Research Institute (LRI), and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation — we've become one stronger entity. The Lupus Research Alliance is now the leading catalyst of lupus research and discovery.
Special thanks go to the donors of all three of these extraordinary organizations because their goodwill and generosity have allowed us to become the world's largest private organization dedicated to advancing lupus research.
A Greater Number of Projects Undertaken — By combining the financial resources from our donors and Board of Directors, 85 of the world's most gifted lupus researchers are able to receive the funding needed to pursue their most promising ideas.
No Patient Should Face Lupus Alone — We continue to fulfill the promise of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to provide lupus patient programs, public awareness, education, and advocacy.
Increased Funding for Innovative Research — Over $9 million was awarded to 20 promising investigations through our Target Identification in Lupus, Distinguished Innovator Award, and Novel Research Grant programs.
Individuals Propelled Science — The energy, passion, and devotion of walkers from across the country made Walk with Us to Cure Lupus a tremendous success. Thousands of walkers, virtual walkers, volunteers, and sponsors in 19 cities brought in nearly $3 million for lupus research.
And 12 runners took to the streets and raised funds for lupus research in the TCS New York City Marathon. Three marathoners are true champions, running despite having lupus themselves! Others ran for their moms, wives, sisters, and people with lupus worldwide.
Scientific Innovation Encouraged — This year's Lupus Insight Prize of $200,000 — awarded in collaboration with the Lupus Foundation of America — went to Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts for her invaluable contributions to lupus science.
The Lupus Research Alliance thanks every donor, walker, volunteer, board member, and scientist who worked so hard in 2016 to help our researchers gain new ground in the understanding of lupus and find new paths to better treatments. We are stronger today because we are all working together.