Updates and Events
House Approves $10 Million for Lupus Research Funding!

July 31, 2020 In early July we alerted you that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Defense Appropriations Bill was publicly announced with $10 million appropriated for the Lupus Research Program at the Department of Defense. We are thrilled to announce that the House of Representatives today passed this Bill! The many, many phone calls and […] READ MORE

New Data Showed Safety and Effectiveness of Benlysta for Kids

July 27, 2020 A new international study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that belimumab (Benlysta) was safe and effective when given intravenously to children. In this Phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded study, 93 patients 5-17 years of age received standard therapy plus either placebo or belimumab. As measured by commonly used tools, […] READ MORE

Lupus Research 2020 Virtual Fundraising Event

We can’t imagine November without all of you, so we reimagined our annual gala celebration—online. Using the very latest technology, the Lupus Research Alliance will host an unparalleled virtual event featuring inspirational speakers, star-studded performances, surprise celebrity guests, and recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jenny and Spencer Zwick of Solamere Capital and the LRA […] READ MORE

Help Kick Off the ManyOne Can. Walk with Us to Cure Lupus

July 30, 2020 Click here to view the replay of our recent  Kickoff to the 2020 ManyOne Can Walk with Us to Cure Lupus presented by GSK.  Hosted by Lupus Research Alliance’s President Ken Farber, this FUNd-raising Zoom webcast featured seasoned Walk Captains who gave lots of great ideas for team building and FUNdraising, in […] READ MORE

Advocating for Others with Lupus And Raising Critical Funds for Research

Enthusiastic … charming … exuberant-these are qualities Lauren Maley has in spades-so much so that you might not easily grasp the extent to which lupus has impacted her young life. Officially she has been coping with lupus for the past five years-but in reality, it has been much longer. A false-negative lupus test resulted in […] READ MORE

Being Smart About Research

When it comes to solving the mysteries of lupus, we must explore all potential avenues of discovery—including the brain. This is why the LRA is funding important research and a clinical trial to address neuropsychiatric lupus—the wide range of symptoms involving the brain that can vary from “brain fog” to stroke to psychosis. We’re also […] READ MORE

Lupus News Corner

Lupus Awareness Month Although this past May—Lupus Awareness Month—wasn’t quite like others, the LRA has initiated efforts for people with lupus to connect. To help our community cope with the effects of COVID-19 in May and beyond, the LRA has unveiled a series of enlighteningly educational videos hosted by Shayla Shorter, PhD. The Learning from […] READ MORE

A 1-2 Punch Approach To Treating Lupus

The challenge of finding more effective treatments for lupus-according to Dr. Fabienne Mackay, PhD-lies in the nature of the disease itself. “Lupus is not one disease, but rather a set of syndromes in which no one treatment will work for all,” she explains. With the objective to develop treatments that target the underlying disease pathways […] READ MORE

Making Rapid Discoveries Through a Powerful Partnership

  In August of 2019, the LRA had the great fortune to form a unique new partnership with Bristol Myers Squibb (formerly Celgene Corporation) -in the creation of the LRA BMS Accelerator Awards. The aim: Fast-track bold cutting-edge research projects. To get this initiative off the ground and running, the Celgene Corporation made an extraordinarily […] READ MORE

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