NEW YORK, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To recognize World Lupus Day, May 10, the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) asks supporters to "Take Lupus Research to the Power of 10" and help create a World Without Lupus. The new awareness program harnesses the exponential power of worldwide participation to accelerate scientific discoveries that lead to new treatments and a cure.
Throughout May Lupus Research Awareness Month, every member of the lupus community – patients, families, friends, researchers, donors – is urged to forward 10 people our program link (www.powerof10.lupusresearchinstitute.org) and ask 10 more to do the same. As each person shares the message, the goal can be reached: Give one million people the opportunity to further lupus research, education and advocacy.
Affecting an estimated five million worldwide, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is a complex and devastating autoimmune disease. The cornerstone of a decade's unprecedented scientific success in lupus, the LRI's high-risk, high-reward research strategy is the proven path to discoveries driving new treatments and improved patient care. Because lupus is considered by many as the scientific prototype for autoimmune research, when researchers unlock the cause of lupus, doors can open for some 100 other autoimmune diseases.
Driving Drug Development
The momentum of the Lupus Research Institute's research progress continues with the announcement of two new research grant opportunities.
- The global Distinguished Innovator Award invites proposals from U.S. and international investigators for innovative research into the fundamental causes of lupus. Grants of up to $1 million are awarded for up to four years of work that can uncover new directions leading to prevention and a cure.
- The LRI's Novel Research Grant program requests submissions from U.S.-based scientists for three-year grants of $300,000. Proposals selected will pursue ground-breaking studies with potential for transformative results for patient treatment.
"The Power of 10 campaign gives everyone an opportunity to get involved," noted Margaret Dowd, CEO of the Lupus Research Institute. "Our goal to reach 1 million people looks to inspire widespread action: learn, participate, and advocate for lupus research, and together create a World Without Lupus."
A leading cause of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women, lupus is a destructive and potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women – most of whom are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 45. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect instead creates antibodies that attack the body's own tissues and organs – often the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, or joints.
About the LRI
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI), the leading private supporter of novel research in lupus, pioneers discovery and champions scientific creativity as it demonstrates the power of innovation to propel scientific discovery in this complex autoimmune disease. Founded by families and shaped by leading scientists, the Institute has generated $170 million in novel lupus research, delivering many of the most important discoveries, transforming treatment and advancing toward prevention and a cure.
With its National Patient Coalition of regional lupus organizations, the Lupus Research Institute improves patient care by promoting research awareness, education and advocacy as it drives to A World Without Lupus. For more information, visit www.lupusresearchinstitute.org.
SOURCE The Lupus Research Institute