January 2010

Mapping Why Lupus Discriminates

LRI scientist pursues genetic factors that may explain why African American and other minority women are more commonly—and more seriously—affected by lupus.

Read the story on 2009 LRI grant recipient Timothy Niewold, MD’s groundbreaking work in genetics reported on the University of Chicago’s “Science Life" blog.

Science Life blog also posted an interview with LRI Chicago advisor Tammy Utset, MD, featuring a series of YouTube videos answering frequently asked questions about lupus. 

Read it here.

Study in Sisters of Women with SLE  

Enrollment begins nationwide

If you have a sister with lupus, consider making a ‘gift’ to future generations by signing up for the national SisSLE—Sisters of Women with SLE—research study.

By enrolling biological sisters of women with lupus and studying their blood and answers to health surveys, the researchers plan to find out how the environment and genes can play a role in prompting lupus to develop in some sisters and not in others.

Find out more at www.SisSLE.org or call 1-877-698-9467.

“This is an important prospective study being conducted by leading scientific investigators in the lupus field, and the LRI is pleased to support it,”
said LRI President Margaret G. Dowd. “Figuring out what protects certain sisters from developing lupus while others succumb will be invaluable in understanding how individuals develop this very difficult disease.”

Run (Bike, Walk, or Swim) for the Cure!

Join Team Life Without Lupus in New York and LA to raise crucial funds for lupus research

Last year, the first-ever lupus charity team in the celebrated ING New York City Marathon raised a remarkable $100,000 for lupus research!

It was an incredible effort and success. So in 2010, we’re expanding to include the LA Marathon and 5K Walk/Run in March, and the New York City Triathlon in July.

Both events are still accepting participants—think about it! You give stamina, time, determination, and we provide you with training, team gear, fun social events for fundraising power, and powerful motivation: finding a cure to lupus. 

LA Marathon and 5K details

NYC Triathlon details

The Future of Lupus Research Is So Bright, We Gotta Wear Shades!

Join the LRI at the Shady Ladies Dinner and Celebrity Sunglasses Auction this Sunday, January 30th in Wellington, FL

For this 5th annual event at the Winter Equestrian Festival in south Florida, the LRI Shady Ladies are taking the party into the evening with a “Guys and Dolls” event theme. Dozens of autographed celebrity sunglasses will be auctioned off to raise critical funds for innovative lupus research.

Festivities start at 6:30pm at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Event details and ticket information

View photos from last year’s event 




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