$17 Million for Lupus Research in New York City

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Funds New York

New York City Physicians. New York City Scientists. New York City Research Labs.

“The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has been key in making New York City the nation’s leader in lupus research and results that matter for people with this disease.”
- Bruce Cronstein, MD, New York University, chairman of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board

Investing $17 Million — Over 200 Grants — for Better Treatments and a Cure

 New York Research Centers Receiving Funds from the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute

Rapidly Advancing Discovery, Treatments, and the Path to a Cure

Since 1977, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has helped give more than 200 grants to physicians, scientists, and laboratories across the New York region.

In fact, no other organization has such a long and committed history of funding new scientific talent, building research labs, and driving innovation in lupus. Due to our early and ongoing investment, New York City now has the most lupus labs, the most lupus researchers, and the most lupus treatment centers in the country.

We’ve supported:

  • Physicians and scientists eager to work in lupus research—ensuring that the brightest, most talented and passionate young scientists enter, and stay, in the field of lupus research. “As a fellow, you are desperate to find support to stay in the lab. But with the Foundation grant you can take the risks and develop new areas of work. It’s been really, really important to me,” said Career Development Award recipient Guillermina Girardi, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

Our latest Career Development and Basic Science Fellowships, totaling $420,000, went to:

  • Josephine Isgro, MDJosephine Isgro, MD, of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). With her mentor Alessandra Pernis, MD, PhD, the Brooklyn native will explore a target for a new lupus therapy that uses statins, which are commonly known drugs for lowering cholesterol.


  • Dipyaman Ganguly, PhDDipyaman Ganguly, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center. Under the supervision of Boris Reizis, PhD, Dr. Ganguly will test the hypothesis that a newly identified gene is significant in regulating the cause and development of lupus.


  • Yi Yan, PhDYi Yan, PhD, of the Feinstein Institute at North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Hospital. With her mentor Betty Diamond, MD, Dr. Yan will dig deeper into recent Feinstein Institute discoveries regarding receptor editing in lupus, and aim to show how critical “affector” mechanisms lead to the production of damaging auto-antibodies in lupus.


  • Innovative and breakthrough ideas in lupus through the Lupus Research Institute.

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is by drawing new research talent into lupus that we will cure lupus.”
– Jill P. Buyon, MD, New York University

Our 200+ New York City Researchers Ask:

“What causes lupus? How can it be better treated? What can prevent—and cure—lupus?”

New York City lupus researchers

Clockwise, from top left: Jill Buyon, MD (NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases), Jane Salmon, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery), Betty Diamond, MD (North Shore/LIJ - Feinstein Institute), Robert Clancy, MD (NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases), Anne Davidson, MD (North Shore/LIJ - Feinstein Institute), Carolina Llanos, MD, PhD (NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases), Peter Izmirly, MD (NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases), George Kalliolias, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery).