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LRA Launches Largest-Ever Team Grants to Unravel Lupus Complexity

February 6, 2020 The complexity of lupus has been a challenge for decades, but advances in human immunology, technology, and computation offer a new and unique opportunity to speed up major advances.  The time is right to bring personalized medicine to lupus treatment. And going into 2020, the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is seizing that […] READ MORE

Exercise Improves Ability to Function for People with Lupus Shows Study

January 31, 2020 A new study published in Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases showed that exercising the upper extremities – shoulder, arm, wrist and hands – improved ability to do daily tasks. Researchers in Greece conducted a 24-week randomized study of people with lupus who have problems with these areas. To test the effects of exercise, […] READ MORE

LRA-Funded Scientist Finds Way to Stop T Cells from Running Amok

January 30, 2020 T cells are immune cells that play an important role in fighting pathogens like viruses and bacteria, but some T cells can trigger damage in lupus if not properly controlled. VISTA, a protein on the surface of T cells, can keep the T cells from causing harm by keeping them dormant unless […] READ MORE

The LRA Leads Exploration into the Microbiome in Lupus

January 30, 2020 Why does the immune system turn on itself to attack the body it’s supposed to protect?  That question has many possible answers – and one may be the microbiome – the trillions of bacteria living inside our bodies that, in people with lupus, may trigger autoimmune attacks. An article in this week’s […] READ MORE

New Study Pinpoints Language Skills Impacted by Lupus

January 28, 2020 New research led by Dr. Fulvia Ceccarelli, assistant professor of Rheumatology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, showed that among the many ways lupus can affect the central nervous system, “pragmatic language” skills was the most common.  Pragmatic language is non-literal, going beyond the dictionary meaning of a word or phrase.  This […] READ MORE

Have You Thought About a Lupus Clinical Trial as a Treatment Option?

January 16, 2020 With so few current treatment options for lupus and lupus nephritis, patients may benefit from joining a clinical study. Right now, five national trials are testing interventions for lupus nephritis that you may be able to join. To learn more about these and over 150 other trials for lupus and its many […] READ MORE

LRA Shares Excitement For What’s Ahead in Lupus Nephritis

January 16, 2020 Up to half of people with lupus will have lupus nephritis – damage to the kidneys that affects the ability to clear the body of wastes and toxins. In 2020, we expect to see significant progress in new drug development for lupus and lupus nephritis in particular with submissions for FDA approval in […] READ MORE

LRA Uncovering What Causes Lupus Nephritis to Improve Treatment

January 16, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance has invested millions in research to get us to the point we’re at with potential new treatments for LN.  We are proud to share what just ten of our funded scientists are doing right now to discover what causes lupus nephritis and how it can be better diagnosed, […] READ MORE

LRA Celebrates Major Research Breakthroughs in 2019

January 7, 2020 2019 was a phenomenal, breakthrough year for lupus research on both the clinical development and basic science fronts. The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is incredibly proud that every new discovery leading to a brand new medicine for lupus had its origin in work funded by LRA years ago. The past 12 months delivered many […] READ MORE

Lupus Has Nerve Shows Large International Study

January 6, 2020 New research published in Arthritis and Rheumatology shows that peripheral nervous system (PNS) disease is an important part of neuropsychiatric lupus with significant effects on quality of life.  The peripheral nervous system is the network that sends signals between the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) with all the other […] READ MORE

Collaborating and Sharing Ideas

Throughout its history, the LRA has played a pivotal role in bringing together the key players in the fight against lupus and 2019 is no exception. More than 100 of the world’s top scientists in lupus research and treatment gathered on October 20-22 for the LRA’s 2019 annual three-day Forum for Discovery scientific conference. Researchers […] READ MORE

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