Lupus Research Awards 2023 announced

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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LupusThe Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) announced the recipients of the newest Lupus Innovation Award (LIA) grants.

Collectively, the seven projects led by research teams from the U.S. and Europe explore multiple components of lupus, focusing on its causes and the development of more personalized approaches to lupus treatments.

Since lupus has a broad range of causes and symptoms, studying the disease from different angles can maximize the overall understanding of the disease, leading to more effective treatment options.

“We are proud to be able to offer these grants, which support critical lupus research and encourage the development of novel therapeutic approaches. The talented Lupus Innovation Award recipients are pushing the edge of lupus research, with the goal of improving the lives of people with lupus,” said Teodora Staeva, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of LRA.

The LRA LIA grants provide support for pioneering, high-risk, high-reward approaches to significant challenges in lupus research. There is a particular emphasis on exploring fundamental mechanisms, novel disease targets for drug development, novel technologies, and interdisciplinary approaches. The Award offers up to $150,000 per year in total costs for up to two years. Early-stage investigators are eligible for an additional year of funding upon successful completion of the original grant.

2023 Lupus Innovation Award Grantees

Two projects aim to identify new drivers of lupus; two projects focus on exploring new therapeutic targets; and three projects seek to develop new approaches and tools to diagnose and monitor lupus complications.

Ansuman Satpathy, M.D., Ph.D.; Stanford University School of Medicine, Salomé Pinho, Ph.D.; Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S, Portugal), Sladjana Skopelja-Gardner, Ph.D.; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Maximilian F. Konig, M.D.; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Andrea Fava, M.D.; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Eric Gale, Ph.D.; Massachusetts General Hospital and Mark DiFrancesco, Ph.D.; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are recipient of the 2023 Lupus Innovation Award grants.

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