Current and Recent Research Grant Recipients
Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Grants Program
The Lupus Foundation of America supports basic, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and translational lupus research in areas where gaps in scientific knowledge about lupus exist or that have not received adequate funding in the past. The Foundation recently supported the following investigators for their lupus research studies:
LIFELINE Grants Program
This program provides temporary support to a research lab that has experienced a gap in external funding for a specific, previously funded lupus research project, so the lab can keep working until support from other sources can be secured.
Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD
University of Rochester
Project Title: B cells at the adaptive-innate immune interface in the bone marrow in lupus
Jill Buyon, M.D.
New York University School of Medicine
Project Title: Preventive approach to congenital heart block with hydroxychloroquine: PATCH
Trine N. Jorgensen, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Project Title: Effector functions and cellular targets of pathogenic plasmacytoid dendritic cells in lupus
Diane Kamen, M.D., M.S.
Medical University of South Carolina
Project Title: Impact of the Gut Metagenome on Autoimmunity
Mark J. Mamula, Ph.D.
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Project Title: Posttranslational Modifications in Tolerance and Autoimmunity
Betty Tsao, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Project Title: Functional Genomics of SLE-associated GTF2IRD1/GTF2I
Pediatric Lupus Research
Earl Silverman, MD
The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
Project Title: The genetics of kidney function decline in pediatric lupus
Kathleen Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Project Title: Urinary HER2 as a biomarker for lupus nephritis
Stem Cell Research
Nora G. Singer, MD
The MetroHealth System, Cleveland
Project Title: Cell-based therapy for lupus: biomarkers of response
James J. Pestka, PhD
Michigan State University
Project Title: Prevention of Silica-Triggered Lupus by Lipidome Modulation
Career Recognition, Development and Support
The Lupus Foundation of America supports pioneering lupus researchers at all stages of their careers and recognizes their achievements to attract and retain the best talent to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.
Lupus Insight Prize
This award recognizes an investigator with a documented record of creativity, innovation, productivity, and whose studies hold great promise to generate further advances in lupus.
2016- Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Boston
Research Focus: Factors regulating T and B lymphocyte activation, function and longevity
2015 - George C. Tsokos, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Research Focus: Local factors control organ damage
2014 - Bruce Richardson, MD
University of Michigan
Research Focus: Gene/Environment Interactions in Lupus
Evelyn V. Hess, MD MACP MACR Award
This award is presented to a lupus investigator whose body of work has significantly advanced understanding of lupus.
2015 - Mariana J. Kaplan, MD
National Institutes of Health / NIAMS
2014 - Jane E. Salmon, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
2014 - George C. Tsokos, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Mary Betty Stevens MD Young Investigator Prize
This prize recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent lupus research career.
2015 - Timothy B. Niewold, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2014 - Eliza Chakravarty, MD
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
Career Development Award
This award helps to facilitate the transition of future lupologists from medical school, to fellowship, to independent clinician-scientist.
2017 - Jessica Turnier, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio
Project Title: Urine S100A4 as a Biomarker of Lupus Nephritis Activity and Podocyte Injury
2017 - Paul Hoover, MD, PHD
the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Massachusetts
Project Title: Mapping disease-specific immune cells in lupus nephritis tissue
2016 - Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lupus Center, Massachusetts
Project Title: Bone turnover and osteoporotic fractures in systemic lupus erythematosus
2015 - Tamar Rubenstein, MD, MS
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City
Project Title: Mood disorder and cognitive dysfunction in pediatric lupus
2014 - Laura Lewandowski, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Project Title: PULSE: Pediatric Update on Lupus in South Africa: Epidemiology & Management
Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program
This fellowship program fosters interest among students in the areas of basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, or behavioral research relevant to lupus.