Getting Closer to Answers on Lupus at the 8th Annual ‘Forum for Discovery’ in Manhattan

We wish you could have been with us earlier this week, to meet the 39 scientists currently working on their LRI Novel Research Grants in lupus, and to hear some of the nation’s most dynamic thinkers in systems biology describe, over two incredible days, how recent technologies and interdisciplinary approaches make it increasingly likely that we will solve the puzzle of lupus.

The researchers spoke on progress and breakthroughs in everything from molecular mechanisms of lupus to clues to the cause and development of the disease, new insights into the regulation of the immune system, and discoveries of biomarkers—those key early markers that can, among other things, measure disease activity and effectiveness of therapies.

This is the 8th year that our scientists have come together to hear about each other’s work, exchange ideas, and build collaborations. Many said it was the strongest showing of solid, promising science to date.

"I think we have an enormous number of scientific opportunities in lupus,” said NIAMS Director, Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, who gave the meeting’s keynote address. “And the recent past has been particularly fruitful.”

BOLD THINKERS

“The LRI has really managed to assemble some of the most outstanding researchers.”
- Matthias Wabl, PhD, University of California at San Francisco

EAGER TO EXCHANGE IDEAS

“The meeting is a place to forge new collaborations.”
- Chandra Mohan, MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

“Seeing and learning about the incredible range, depth, and quality of the science presented by the participants…it is energizing, sparks creative thinking, and inspires.”
- Christopher A.J. Roman, PhD, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center

MEETING THE PEOPLE THE DISCOVERIES ARE FOR

“I think it is especially important for the scientists to meet the relatives of the patients, and if possible the patients. At least for those of us that do not treat patients, this drives home in a more personal way the importance of understanding this mysterious disease.”
- Vicki Rubin Kelley, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

LRI: ESSENTIAL TO PIONEERING DISCOVERY TO PREVENT, TREAT, AND CURE LUPUS

“What the LRI does is not only indispensable. It’s essential.”
- Greg E. Lemke, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

View photos of scientists and supporters at the 8th annual Forum for Discovery