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

Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD
University of Rochester
Project Title: B cells at the adaptive-innate immune interface in the bone marrow in lupus
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Jill Buyon MD

Jill Buyon, M.D.
New York University School of Medicine
Project Title: Preventive approach to congenital heart block with hydroxychloroquine: PATCH
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Trine N. Jorgensen PhD

Trine N. Jorgensen, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Project Title: Effector functions and cellular targets of pathogenic plasmacytoid dendritic cells in lupus
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Diane Kamen, MD

Diane Kamen, M.D., M.S.
Medical University of South Carolina
Project Title: Impact of the Gut Metagenome on Autoimmunity
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Mark J. Mamula PhD

Mark J. Mamula, Ph.D.
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Project Title: Posttranslational Modifications in Tolerance and Autoimmunity
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Betty Tsao, PhD

Betty Tsao, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Project Title: Functional Genomics of SLE-associated GTF2IRD1/GTF2I
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Pediatric Lupus Research

Earl Silverman, MD

Earl Silverman, MD
The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
Project Title: The genetics of kidney function decline in pediatric lupus
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Kathleen Sullivan, MD PhD

Kathleen Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.     
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Project Title: Urinary HER2 as a biomarker for lupus nephritis
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Stem Cell Research

Nora Singer MD

Nora G. Singer, MD
The MetroHealth System, Cleveland
Project Title: Cell-based therapy for lupus: biomarkers of response
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Environmental Triggers

James Pestka, PhD

James J. Pestka, PhD
Michigan State University
Project Title: Prevention of  Silica-Triggered Lupus by Lipidome Modulation
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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.

Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Phd

2016- Ann Marshak-Rothstein, PhD
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Boston
Research Focus: Factors regulating T and B lymphocyte activation, function and longevity
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George C. Tsokos, MD

2015 - George C. Tsokos, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Research Focus: Local factors control organ damage
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Bruce Richardson MD PhD

2014 - Bruce Richardson, MD
University of Michigan
Research Focus: Gene/Environment Interactions in Lupus
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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. 

Marianna J. Kaplan, MD

2015 - Mariana J. Kaplan, MD
National Institutes of Health / NIAMS
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Jane E. Salmon, MD

2014 - Jane E. Salmon, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
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George C. Tsokos, MD

2014 - George C. Tsokos, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
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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. 

Timothy B. Niewold, MD

2015 - Timothy B. Niewold, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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Eliza Chatravarty, MD

2014 - Eliza Chakravarty, MD

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
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Career Development Award

This award helps to facilitate the transition of future lupologists from medical school, to fellowship, to independent clinician-scientist. 

Jessica Turnier, MD

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

Paul Hoover, MD, PHD

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

Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH

2016 - Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lupus Center, Massachusetts
Project Title: Bone turnover and osteoporotic fractures in systemic lupus erythematosus
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Tamar Rubenstein MD MS

2015 - Tamar Rubenstein, MD, MS
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City
Project Title: Mood disorder and cognitive dysfunction in pediatric lupus
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2014 - Laura Lewandowski, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Project Title: PULSE: Pediatric Update on Lupus in South Africa: Epidemiology & Management
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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. 

2017 Fellows

2016 Fellows

2015 Fellows