Updates and Events
NIH Leader and LRA Board Member Key Author on Promising COVID-19 Vaccine

August 13, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is encouraged by a promising animal study in the New England Journal of Medicine co-authored by Robert Seder, MD, Chief of the Cellular Immunology Section in the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) […] READ MORE

Lupus Research Alliance Sets Bold New Strategic Plan for Research to Accelerate Innovative Research and Treatment Breakthroughs

Updated July 15, 2021 The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) today announced a bold Strategic Plan for Research (Strategic Plan) that identifies core issues and sets new priorities to transform lupus research, accelerate breakthrough treatments and ultimately, find a cure through the power of precision medicine. The Strategic Plan is informed by years of funded research […] READ MORE

New LRA-Funded Study: Lupus Flares are Linked to E-Coli Bacteria Levels

August, 2020 A new study led by Dr. Roberto Caricchio, Dr. Stefania Gallucci and Dr. Cagla Tukel, funded by the Lupus Research Alliance, has shown that lupus flares are associated with high levels of antibodies against a specific bacterial protein, called curli. Published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, the study also showed that high levels of […] READ MORE

A Potential Test to Monitor Lupus Disease Severity Supported by LRA Grant

August 6, 2020 Christian Lood, PhD, at the University of Washington, has developed a new method to assess lupus disease severity. It relies on measuring immune complexes, which are the substances that form when antibodies recognize and attach to a particular target in the body. In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases, these […] READ MORE

House Approves $10 Million for Lupus Research Funding!

July 31, 2020 In early July we alerted you that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Defense Appropriations Bill was publicly announced with $10 million appropriated for the Lupus Research Program at the Department of Defense. We are thrilled to announce that the House of Representatives today passed this Bill! The many, many phone calls and […] READ MORE

New Data Showed Safety and Effectiveness of Benlysta for Kids

July 27, 2020 A new international study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that belimumab (Benlysta) was safe and effective when given intravenously to children. In this Phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded study, 93 patients 5-17 years of age received standard therapy plus either placebo or belimumab. As measured by commonly used tools, […] READ MORE

Join Lupus Research 2020 Virtual Fundraising Event

We can’t imagine November without all of you, so we reimagined our annual gala celebration—online. Using the very latest technology, the Lupus Research Alliance will host an unparalleled virtual event featuring inspirational speakers, star-studded performances, surprise celebrity guests, and recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jenny and Spencer Zwick of Solamere Capital and the LRA […] READ MORE

Help Kick Off the ManyOne Can. Walk with Us to Cure Lupus

July 30, 2020 Click here to view the replay of our recent  Kickoff to the 2020 ManyOne Can Walk with Us to Cure Lupus presented by GSK.  Hosted by Lupus Research Alliance’s President Ken Farber, this FUNd-raising Zoom webcast featured seasoned Walk Captains who gave lots of great ideas for team building and FUNdraising, in […] READ MORE

Advocating for Others with Lupus And Raising Critical Funds for Research

Enthusiastic … charming … exuberant-these are qualities Lauren Maley has in spades-so much so that you might not easily grasp the extent to which lupus has impacted her young life. Officially she has been coping with lupus for the past five years-but in reality, it has been much longer. A false-negative lupus test resulted in […] READ MORE

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