Lupus Research Alliance News
Celebrate Clinical Trials Day May 20!

May 20, 2019 It’s Clinical Trials Day when the Lupus Research Alliance recognizes all the people we support who advance clinical research – scientists who identify and develop potential ways to diagnose, monitor and treat lupus,  researchers who design and conduct the studies to test these methods, and the volunteers who take part in the […] READ MORE

LRA Board Member Brenda Blackmon Honored by Caribbean Tourism Organization

May 16, 2019 We are proud to share that Brenda Blackmon, an active member of our Board of Directors, was named “Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The award will be given at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards gala June 6  at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue) during Caribbean […] READ MORE

Illuminating the Microbiome’s Role in Lupus

May 15, 2019 One of the biggest mysteries about lupus is why the immune system tries to destroy patients’ own tissues. But in the last few years, researchers have learned that certain microbes living inside our bodies may trigger these attacks. Scientists supported by the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) have made many of the key […] READ MORE

New Potential Treatment Approach for Cutaneous Lupus

May 14, 2019 Immune cells sneak into the skin and cause inflammation in patients with cutaneous lupus, the form of the disease that affects the skin. Now, Lupus Research Alliance Target Identification in Lupus (TIL) grant recipient Dr. Jillian Richmond of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and her colleagues have shown that […] READ MORE

Racial Disparities in Rates of Death Among People with Lupus, Finds CDC Study

May 10, 2019 New research results from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that while survival rates for people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have improved overall, the rate of death was significantly higher among black patients with SLE than whites, and death occured at a younger age. Researchers […] READ MORE

A Tough Childhood Linked to Poor Adult Health and Immune System Disorders Like Lupus

May 9, 2019 New study results published in Arthritis Care & Research found that “adverse childhood experiences” are more common among people with lupus. In the University of California San Francisco study, adverse childhood experiences were categorized as abuse, neglect, and/or household challenges. Among people with lupus, 63.2 percent had at least one adverse childhood […] READ MORE

LRA Grant Leads to New Drug Candidate RSLV-132

May 10, 2019 Grant support from the Lupus Research Alliance (then ALR) supported early work that led to a potential new drug, RSLV-132. In lupus, antibodies can target DNA’s chemical cousin RNA, which performs a variety of jobs in cells. When these antibodies encounter an RNA molecule, they attach to it, forming clusters that can […] READ MORE

Introducing Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD, New Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chair

May 10, 2019 We are so fortunate to welcome Dr. Gary Koretzky as the new Co-chair partnering with Dr. Mary Crow in leading the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) Scientific Advisory Board.  As Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Vice Provost for Academic Integration of Cornell University, Dr. Koretzky creates and implements initiatives that […] READ MORE

How Lupus Research Alliance Grants Boosted Benlysta

In 1999, lupus research needed a shot in the arm. The Food and Drug Administration hadn’t approved a new drug for treating the disease in more than 40 years. And the death rate from lupus, which fell earlier in the century, had been rising for the previous two decades. Now, 20 years later, the outlook […] READ MORE

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