Our Lupus Cause Loses a Great Champion

LRI Beloved Friend and Scientific Advisor Dr. William Paul Passed Away

The Board of Directors and staff of the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) deeply mourn the death of Dr. William "Bill" Paul, our beloved friend and esteemed scientific leader in the journey toward better treatment, prevention and a cure for the devastating autoimmune disease, lupus. Chief of the Laboratory of Immunology and former director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Paul generously shared his broad scientific vision and his depth of understanding of immunology as chairman of the LRI Scientific Advisory Board since our organization's inception in 2000.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Bill Paul's leadership and knowledge of the challenges required to achieve advances in a complex disease gave the lupus community--patients, families and scientists--the confidence and courage to be bold, the inspiration to take a different path, to not shy away from big ideas, and to pursue the very best in scientific innovation. And with Bill behind us, the discoveries flowed.

Dr. Bill Paul's worldwide impact on biomedical research and on lupus is enormous. Our profound sadness at losing him and our deep gratitude for his time among us strengthens our determination to fulfill his vision for the science of the future.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Bill's wife Marilyn, his children and all his family.