NEW YORK, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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. Based on unparalleled success in attracting and fostering New York's talent in lupus research, the Foundation is also offering the same opportunity to the up-and-coming scientists of Los Angeles.
For over 35 years, the New York-headquartered S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has funded innovative research aimed at preventing, treating and curing lupus. The Foundation has attracted new talent and propelled the careers of many emerging scientists. Through its California division, Lupus LA, the Foundation is looking westward to similarly support the Los Angeles scientific community.
"More than any organization, 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. "Many junior investigators who received their first grant from the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation become recognized experts in lupus. We hope new headliners emerge in LA as well as New York among the 2012 grantees."
Junior investigators can apply for several types of grants ranging from $135,000 - $150,000 over three years. Criteria include the scientific quality of the proposal as well as the individual's commitment to lupus research, qualifications, and available facilities. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2012; after a rigorous peer review, funding begins December 2012.
Executive Director Margaret Dowd noted, "Science is at the heart of everything we do - attacking this disease with research. The Foundation is particularly committed to building the NY scientific community where this organization began the lupus movement over 40 years ago. And we are excited to now help advance lupus innovation in another major research center, Los Angeles."
Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease affecting over 1.5-million Americans, primarily women. With vague symptoms, lupus is difficult to diagnose and treat.
About the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
Formed over 40 years ago, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is the nation's preeminent nonprofit organization providing direct services and public awareness as well as raising funding for innovative lupus research through our Lupus Research Institute (LRI). The SLE Lupus Foundation helped give more than 200 grants to physicians, scientists, and laboratories across New York City.
About Lupus LA
The west coast division of the SLE Lupus Foundation, Lupus LA also partners with the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) to fund novel lupus research to prevent, treat and cure the complex disease. With the power of Hollywood and strength of its volunteer leadership, Lupus LA raises lupus awareness throughout the country.
SOURCE S.L.E. Lupus Foundation