The LRA’s Forum for Discovery Showcases Recent Advances in Lupus Research
The LRA’s Forum for Discovery Showcases Recent Advances in Lupus Research

November 7, 2023

This October, the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) held its annual scientific conference, Forum for Discovery, in New York City. This event serves as a pivotal gathering where LRA-funded researchers from across the globe convene to share their recent breakthroughs. Forum for Discovery serves as a catalyst, fostering interactions upon which further groundbreaking discoveries and innovative collaborations are built.

At this year’s Forum for Discovery, more than 60 researchers presented their latest research, delving into thematic topics that promised to advance our understanding of lupus, including:

  • B Cell Dysfunction in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (NPSLE)
  • Gut Microbiome Imbalances Underlying SLE
  • Disease Pathways and Mechanistic Insights
  • Mechanisms of Lupus Nephritis
  • Pediatric Lupus
  • Translational Lupus Research: Biomarkers, Novel Targets, and Beyond
  • Translational Developments: Foundational and Clinical Perspectives

Attendees, which included LRA-funded investigators as well as pharmaceutical representatives, were pleased to hear about the exciting advances in scientific sessions that showcased the remarkable progress made in lupus research. Just a few highlights:

We were honored to feature a keynote address by John O’Shea, M.D., the esteemed scientific director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Dr. O’Shea provided insights into the opportunities and challenges of targeting cytokines, which are proteins that can drive autoimmunity.

In addition to the Forum for Discovery meeting, the LRA hosted two pre-meeting sessions: the Alliance of Global Team Science Awardees (GTSA) Meeting, in which GTSA-funded investigators presented updates on their collaborative projects, and the Diversity in Lupus Research (DLR) Mentorship and Networking Meeting, in which DLR award recipients gained mentorship and fostered peer-to-peer relationships within the lupus research community.

The LRA remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting lupus research and empowering researchers to make groundbreaking strides towards better treatments and, ultimately, a cure. We look forward to the impactful discoveries and advancements that will undoubtedly arise from this gathering of scientific minds.

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