A Tale of Two Cities: S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Goes Cross-Country to Accelerate Lupus Research

Furthering NYC and LA Leadership in Lupus Science

NEW YORK, NY – March 1, 2012. 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. View full application guidelines on the NY website of the SLE Lupus Foundation  at lupusny.org and  and to grants offered in Los Angeles at lupusla.org.

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.”