Lupus Research Alliance News
Novel Therapeutic Approaches & Translational Challenges

One session at our recent scientific conference was devoted to meeting the need for new approaches to lupus and the challenges faced in “translating” what is learned by researchers into therapies that will help patients with lupus. Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, Co-Chair of LRFs Scientific Advisory Board and Director of the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia […] READ MORE

The Role of Genetics in Lupus

Researchers have long known that lupus and other autoimmune disorders tend to run in families. However, the inheritance pattern is in most cases unknown. And not everyone who inherits a gene variation that increases the chance of developing lupus, will develop lupus. That is why genetics of lupus is a key area of research. Over […] READ MORE

LRA Grantee Publishes Study on Diet in Lupus

December 22, 2018 Dr. Martin Kriegel and his colleagues at Yale University just published in Cell Host & Microbe an animal study partly funded by the Lupus Research Alliance that showed how diet may affect lupus. In this study, the team identified a specific bacteria, Lactobacillus reuteri, that was responsible for triggering an autoimmune response.  […] READ MORE

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Gala Brings Out Heavy Hitters With The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez as honorary chairs, the success of our annual gala on November 19, 2018 — Breaking through Lupus was practically guaranteed. It was an unforgettable, spectacular evening, which brought in $3.5 million for lupus research studies. These big names came […] READ MORE

2018 Distinguished Innovator Awardees Named by Lupus Research Alliance

NEW YORK, NY. December 20. The Lupus Research Alliance is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Award in Lupus and Autoimmunity: Nir Hacohen, PhD (right) and Vijay Kuchroo, DVM, PhD (left). Dr. Hacohen is seeking better ways to treat lupus kidney disease, the major cause of illness and […] READ MORE

5th Rally Against Lupus Raises $1+ Million for Lupus Research

November 30, 2018 This event is the brain child of Lupus Research Alliance Board member Nadeem Meghji, whose young niece suffers with lupus.  Together  with event Co-Chair Donald Provost and committee members Shannon Ching, Rachel Doyon, Andrea Drasites, and David O’Neill — Nadeem created a fun ping pong fundraising event at SPiN New York that has grown in size and stature every year. […] READ MORE

Potential New Lupus Treatment Outperforms Hydroxychloroquine in Animal Study

November 28, 2018 Anti-malaria drugs such as hydroxychloroquine are common treatments for arthritis and heat rash in patients with lupus. A new study by Target Identification in Lupus grantee Keith Elkon, MD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues suggests that a new drug they designed works better than the commonly prescribed hydroxychloroquine in […] READ MORE

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Consumer Reports Names LRA Among Best for Giving

November 27, 2018 Lupus Research Alliance was named by Consumer Reports as one of the best five health organizations to donate to in 2018. This blue-chip recognition is based on ratings by independent watchdog groups like BBB Wise Giving Alliance and CharityWatch. “Choosing charities by name alone is a mistake some donors make, and their money sometimes ends up […] READ MORE

Empire State Building Lights Purple and Red for Lupus

November 19, 2018 The iconic Empire State Building lit up purple and red tonight in honor of the Lupus Research Alliance 2018 Breaking Through Gala.  The larger-than-life tribute highlights the need for lupus research to develop new treatments and ultimately a cure for the millions worldwide living with this devastating disease. READ MORE

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