Lupus Research Alliance News
Advocacy: The Critical First Step

Advocacy can mean different things to different people. Some seek to make changes in policy and funding at state and federal levels by helping Congress and government agencies better understand what it means to live with lupus. For others, advocacy is a way to take action with respect to their own health. Regardless of the […] READ MORE

Lupus Research Alliance Awards Grants to Six Trailblazing Studies

2018 Awards Enable Promising Scientists to Bring Innovative Approaches to Lupus Research October 18, 2018 The Lupus Research Alliance announced six new Novel Research Grants to support paradigm-changing lupus research. To conquer the complexity of lupus, the Novel Research Grants support researchers who study lupus from many perspectives, testing new theories about what causes lupus and […] READ MORE

Lupus Kidneys Copy Tumors’ Tactic to Protect Themselves

October 4, 2018 Abnormal immune cells invade the kidneys in patients with lupus and can damage the organs so severely that they stop working. But the kidneys defend themselves from these attacks by disabling these rogue cells, according to a new study from two scientists funded by the Lupus Research Alliance. Cancerous tumors similarly protect […] READ MORE

Cancer Study Shows How Body’s Trash Pickup Fails in Lupus

October 4, 2018 Immune cells called macrophages that normally clear away the body’s trash don’t do their jobs in lupus. Now, a study of cancer partly funded by the Lupus Research Alliance may explain how these macrophages promote lupus. Douglas Green, PhD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and colleagues found that […] READ MORE

Lupus Research Alliance Advocates Win Big with 2019 Federal Funding

NEW YORK, NY. Sept. 28 – Congratulations go out to the Lupus Research Alliance advocates! The 2019 spending bill was signed into law today, granting the two requests Lupus Research Alliance advocates made to legislators on “Capitol Hill Day” in March 2018. Approved by Congress earlier in the week, the bill provides $5 million for […] READ MORE

Good News from Aurinia Pharmaceuticals for Lupus Nephritis

September 25, 2018 Congratulations to Aurinia Pharmaceuticals for completing patient enrollment in the AURORA Phase 3 clinical trial ahead of schedule.  The company reported in a press release issued today that due to high patient demand, the target number of patients was surpassed with 358 lupus nephritis (LN) patients enrolled in sites across 27 countries. […] READ MORE

Better Survival Rates from Severe Lupus Nephritis

September 20, 2018 Significantly more people are surviving end-stage renal (kidney) disease caused by lupus nephritis according to a long-term analysis published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. The analysis of the national registry of 20,974 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) during the years 1995 through  2014 found that mortality rates significantly declined.  In addition, among […] READ MORE

Support Team Life Without Lupus at NYC Marathon

Maybe you can’t run a Marathon…Or have that as a goal for next year. But you can help run lupus into the ground by supporting our Team Life Without Lupus! Team Life Without Lupus is the official competitive team of the Lupus Research Alliance, the largest private funder of lupus research in the world. Through […] READ MORE

Well on Our Way to Advocacy Victory for Lupus!

September 14, 2018 Congratulations are in order for lupus advocacy!  The two budget requests Lupus Research Alliance advocates worked so hard for to fund lupus research were included in the budget appropriations bill released last night by Congress. Last week, the Lupus Research Alliance wrote to the legislators working on final language to request that […] READ MORE

Data Finds Smoking Raises, Drinking Can Decrease Lupus Risk

Data from a long-term Black Women’s Health Study of 59,000 Black women found that cigarette smoking raised the risk for lupus, but not significantly compared with those who had never smoked.  In contrast, the incidence of lupus was significantly lower among Black women who drank moderately which was defined as greater or equal to four […] READ MORE

Our Grantees Lead Investigation of Microbiome in Lupus

Sept. 5, 2018 Our microbiome includes all of the trillions of microorganisms that live in and on us. A recent review article about key discoveries on the role of the microbiome in lupus includes two researchers funded by the Lupus Research Alliance who may have discovered how some of these microbial passengers promote lupus by […] READ MORE

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