2015 LIFELINE Grant Program™ Recipients

The Lupus Foundation of America’s LIFELINE Grant Program™ provides a year’s worth of salary support for faculty who experience a gap in external funding for a specific, previously funded study due to the decreased funding available from government sources. The award is intended to keep an investigator’s project on track while they reapply for larger federal grants.

This year’s LIFELINE recipients are:

  • Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Dr. Anolik’s project will explore how immune cells interact in the bone marrow of people with lupus and in relevant mouse models in order to better understand the development and progression of lupus. This grant award is provided through a trust created in memory of Stephen and Catherine Pida.
  • Trine N. Jorgensen, Ph.D., Assistant Staff, Department of Immunology, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Jorgensen’s project will investigate how the mechanisms of immune cells called plasmacytoid dendritic cells, found to be elevated in people with lupus, may lead to the development of lupus. This grant is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Ohio Chapter and is presented in memory of Kassie McMullin Biglow.