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LRI Announces 2009 Novel Research Grants
$3.6 Million Awarded to Drive Innovative Science in Lupus and Autoimmunity
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) today named 12 new grant recipients for 2009. The awards, totaling $3.6 million, recognize innovative work across a broad spectrum of lupus research. All were selected for their creativity, novelty, and potential to drive scientific discovery to ultimately prevent, treat, and cure the complex disease of systemic lupus.
The 2009 grants go to both new and established lupus researchers across the nation and include interdisciplinary and highly promising investigations such as:
"For a decade, the LRI has dedicated itself to innovation and scientific risk-taking in search of new answers and treatments for lupus," said LRI President Margaret G. Dowd. "Recent advances in the corporate sector certainly have demonstrated the value and importance of bold innovation as the pathway to discovery in lupus."
Many of the 2009 grants are innovative studies in human lupus biology that work directly with human tissue in order to hasten the translation of the science into solid human outcomes, advancing the development of new therapies and filling a notable gap in the scientific field.
The $3.6 million in awards to 12 investigators nationwide brings the LRI's total investment for Novel Research Grants to $30 million to 102 investigators at 55 academic medical centers across 22 states.
"A grant from the LRI is known in immunology as very prestigious," said LRI researcher Christopher A.J. Roman, PhD, at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn). "Many are very risky grants. They may be built solely upon an idea, as opposed to considerable experimental evidence-which is normally needed for an NIH proposal. The scientists on the LRI Board have the vision, the foresight and experience to pick those research projects that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of the disease. And then from that, better treatments."
Steven Bensinger, VMD, PhD
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