March 2010

It's Time to Tell Congress!

Mark your calendar for Thursday March 4th to hop online and power these messages to Congress’ inbox:

*Tell Congress! Keep funding—and increase to $35 billion—biomedical research support at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2011.

*Tell Congress! Lessen the disparities in care for people with lupus. Designate $5 million to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health to continue funding the new lupus education program for healthcare providers.

It’s easy! (See here for how to do itemail, Twitter, Facebook) Your voice online will fuel the messages your LRI National Coalition advocates will be delivering in person on Capitol Hill on March 4th.

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Advocacy: It works! 

We advocated for it on Capitol Hill, and we got it:

In January, the Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a major report over to the U.S. Congress. 

The report describes the state of lupus research, impact of the disease, and the need for a comprehensive national provider health education program to help eliminate the barriers of racial disparities in early medical diagnosis and treatment of lupus.

Read the full story

Are You a Scientist with a Spark, a Kernel of an Idea About what Causes or Might Stop Lupus?

Apply for our Novel Research Grant to Pioneer Discovery in Lupus

- We’re looking for hypotheses with creativity, novelty, scientific quality, and potential for success. 

- Applications due May 28, winning projects start December 2010 and provide up to $100,000 per year (for up to three years).

Join the 108 investigators at 55 at academic medical centers across 22 states that are giving profound hope—and making discoveries that can change peoples’ lives. View RFA here and share the link with friends or colleagues using the Share menu in the upper right corner.


Still Space to "Tri" for the Cure!

Join Team Life Without Lupus in the
Nautica NYC Triathlon

Sunday, July 18, 2010
Manhattan, New York City

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Shady Ladies® Celebrity Sunglass Auction Raises Over $85,000 for Innovative Lupus Research

"Between the lively auction of celebrity sunglassesa nd the cheering support for the Battle of the Sexes jumping competition, the crowd was absolutely electric!" - Event Vice Chair, Teri Wood

Honorary Chairs Mark Badgley and James Mischka with Kim Renk

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Our Latest Research News & Discoveries

LRI Researchers in Texas and New York Advance New Ways to Diagnose Lupus Kidney Damage

LRI Researchers Report: Activity Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Lupus


About the LRI
The nation’s only nonprofit singularly dedicated to novel research in lupus, we champion innovation and scientific risk-taking in the hunt for solutions to this complex and dangerous autoimmune disease.

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