March 2012

A Tale of Two Cities:
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

Goes Cross-Country to Accelerate
Lupus Research


Junior investigators embarking on research careers in the New York City metropolitan area may get their first chance at independence in answer to today’s request for applications from the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.  Also, based on unparalleled success in attracting and fostering New York’s talent in lupus research, the Foundation is offering the same opportunity to the up-and-coming scientists of Los Angeles. Click here to read the official press release.

For over 35 years, the New York-headquartered S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has attracted new talent and funded innovative research aimed at preventing, treating and curing lupus. Through its California division, Lupus LA, the Foundation is looking westward to similarly support the Los Angeles scientific community. Junior investigators on both coasts can apply for several types of grants ranging from $135,000 - $150,000 over three years.

“The Foundation helped build New York into the world’s leading hub for lupus research and treatment,” noted Bruce Cronstein, MD, S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Medical Advisory Board Chairman and Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center. “Now, it is incentivizing LA’s rising stars to dedicate their careers to finding answers to this devastating disease.”

 “The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is particularly committed to building the NY scientific community where this organization began the lupus movement over 40 years ago,” notes Executive Director Margaret Dowd.  “We are excited to now help advance lupus innovation in another major research center, Los Angeles.”

Since its founding in 1970 by families with lupus, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has helped tens of thousands of people with lupus and their families and friends cope with the anxieties and confusion that accompany daily living with a complex and dangerous chronic illness.