More Bright Young Investigators to Research Lupus

With 2007 Additions, Foundation’s Roster of Area “New Investigators” Passes 60

With financial support and invaluable mentoring direction at a key juncture in their early careers, young scientists can stay engaged in the exploration of lupus and autoimmunity.

“These recipients are now part of the longest—30+ year—and strongest commitment to scientists on the cusp of their independent research careers in lupus.” – Foundation Medical Advisory Board Chairman, Bruce Cronstein, MD

The 2007 Basic Science Fellowship award was given to Kevin Nickerson, PhD, at Yale University. Dr. Nickerson will examine Toll-like receptors in prompting and promoting lupus. The Scientist Fellowship award was given to Antigoni Triantafyllopoulou, MD, at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Triantafyllopoulou will address a question of central importance in lupus nephritis—which mechanisms are at the root of renal inflammation and the progression to fibrosis and renal failure?

The Career Development Award was given to Venkatesh Jeganathan, PhD, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research—part of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Jeganathan will test DNA-targeted therapies that hold promise for modulating the progression of lupus without suppressing the immune system, as current key therapies do.