Foundation Adds Two Promising Fellows to Illustrious List of Lupus Careers Launched
“These accomplished young investigators continue the long and now very prominent and accomplished line of scientific talent that the Foundation has nurtured for the New York and national lupus communities,” said Executive Director Margaret G. Dowd. “They represent the essence of what our research program has aimed to do since it began: ensure that the brightest, most talented, and passionate young scientists enter—and stay—in the field of lupus research.”
2010 Scientists Both at Hospital for Special Surgery
George Kalliolias, MD
With plans to become a physician-scientist specializing in lupus research, Dr. Kalliolias will work with mentor (and past Foundation grant recipient) Lionel Ivashkiv, MD, on basic research in characterizing how tumor necrosis factor may block signaling and cell responses to interferon in lupus.
“My goal is to apply basic research to rheumatic diseases,” he said, explaining that he hopes the experiments will open the door to new approaches for blocking interferon—and disease.
Xiaoping Qing, MD, PhD
The native of China will work with a leader in lupus research (and a past Foundation grant recipient)—Jane E. Salmon, MD—to unravel the significant risks of miscarriage and pre-eclampsia in women with lupus and antiphospholipid antibodies.
“With help from the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, I am developing a chronic disease mouse model of antiphospholipid syndrome with a virus (an adeno-associated virus) that causes long-term expression of antiphospholipid antibodies,” she said.