To ensure that the brightest, most talented, and passionate young scientists enter—and stay—in the field of lupus research, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has distributed nearly 200 grants to more than 139 young scientists in the New York area (since 1977).
In this and many other ways, the Foundation has helped to build the city as a global center of lupus discovery and care.
“As a fellow, you are desperate to find support to stay in the lab,” describes Career Development Award recipient Guillermina Girardi, PhD at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in Manhattan. “But with the Foundation grant you can take the risks and develop new areas of work. It's been really, really important to me.”
“Repeatedly,” explains Foundation Executive Director, Margaret G. Dowd, “we hear from scientists that it was the Foundation's support at crucial times in their careers that allowed them to stay in lupus research. We're very proud of that.”
“We have new investigators going very far back into our history as an organization,” explains Foundation President Richard K. DeScherer. “And look where they've come since then.”
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Annual Conference
Every year, the new investigators and mentors come together to update each other on their work and build collaborations.