Lupus Research Alliance News
New Research Identifies a Key to Neuropsychiatric Lupus

August 12, 2019 A specific antibody target has been identified as causing neuropsychiatric symptoms of lupus, according to a study at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University published in the Journal of Neuroscience. These common symptoms include cognitive impairment, meaning that the person has trouble thinking, learning or remembering. Other symptoms include mood changes, seizures, headaches […] READ MORE

Bacteria in the Blood Associated with Lupus Flares

August 12, 2019 Bacteremia, bacteria in the bloodstream, is associated with severe lupus flares and corticosteroid use, according to a new study published in The Journal of Rheumatology. Conducted in Spain, the study looked at all cases of bacteremia included in a national registry of hospitalized patients.  It contains data from 3,679 lupus patients at […] READ MORE

Kudos to GSK’s Daemion Johnson

August 8, 2019 All of us here at LRA congratulate Daemion T. Johnson – GSK’s Director, Patient Engagement.  He was named one of the PharmaVOICE 100 by the magazine PharmaVOICE.com.  This list recognizes 100 men and women in the life-sciences industry who “provide inspiration to their peers, colleagues, and companies through their innovative and motivational […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Researcher Finds New Biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis

August 7, 2019 Dr. Chandra Mohan discovered that blood clotting proteins are higher in the urine of people with lupus nephritis, announced University of Houston. His work showed that both proteins that promote clotting and those that work to dissolve them are involved.  He began examining these proteins because people with lupus and lupus nephritis […] READ MORE

PALS Clinical Trial Program Opens at Five Universities

August 8, 2019 In five pilot cities, people with lupus who are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial can now join LRA’s Patient Advocates for Lupus Studies (PALS) program created by our affiliate Lupus Therapeutics. The program will pair adults with lupus interested in learning about clinical trials with a peer or “PAL” who […] READ MORE

New Study Results Show PROMIS Survey Measures Lupus Experience

August 5, 2019 A new study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) showed that the PROMIS® (Patient-Related Outcomes Measurement Information System) health survey can be used to measure and monitor patients’ experience of lupus that are not captured by standard questionnaires. Researchers gave 223 people with lupus who get their outpatient care at HSS […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Discovery May Benefit Alzheimer’s Disease

August 1, 2019 A new study by LRA Distinguished Innovator Award recipient Dr. Douglas Green of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and colleagues may have uncovered a new way to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The research, highlighted recently in Forbes magazine and published in the journal Cell, identified one of the brain’s mechanisms […] READ MORE

LRA Partners with Celgene on Cutting-Edge Research Projects

August 1, 2019 The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA), the largest private funder of lupus research in the world, is very pleased to announce a unique new partnership with Celgene Corporation that provides $3,000,000 for bold cutting-edge research projects.  This opportunity will focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of disease, addressing lupus heterogeneity — how much […] READ MORE

New Trial of Promising Lupus Treatment RSLV-132 Has Finished Enrolling Patients

July 30, 2019 Resolve Therapeutics announced that it has enrolled enough patients to conduct a Phase 2a study of a potential treatment for lupus, RSLV-132.  Grant support from the Lupus Research Alliance to Dr. Keith Elkon of the University of Washington supported the early work that led to the creation of the molecule RSLV-132. In lupus, […] READ MORE

New Biomarker Research Fast-Tracked

July 30, 2019 Progentec Diagnostics announced it has been awarded a Fast-Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for new biomarker research. The grant has the potential to provide $1.7 million in resources supporting clinical research to see how well lab tests based on biomarkers in the blood […] READ MORE

Fatigue an Issue in Skin Lupus

July 18, 2019 A new study published in The British Journal of Dermatology provides evidence that fatigue is a key symptom, not only of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) but also of skin lupus (cutaneous lupus) as well as other autoimmune diseases affecting the skin. Led by an LRA-funded researcher Victoria Werth, MD, the study team […] READ MORE

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