May 2013


$170 Million for Innovative Lupus Research
140 Novel Research Grants
84% Success Rate
95¢ of Every Dollar to Research Programs

The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) announces a new $170 million milestone -- delivering unprecedented novel research funding and unprecedented research results -- changing the lives of lupus patients.  A new analysis of completed LRI Novel Research grants demonstrates an 84 percent success rate as scientists prove cutting-edge hypotheses, publish results and win extended federal funding to advance original discoveries to clinical development.

“This Lupus Awareness Month, we spotlight our scientists’ success because it is their talent, creativity and insight that is turning patients’ hope into reality,” said Margaret Dowd, President and CEO.  “This is a time to recognize and celebrate the power of scientific innovation as the clear path to transforming the outcomes for lupus and autoimmune disease.”

LRI-funded investigators are answering bold new questions and letting this science lead the way to how lupus is diagnosed, monitored and treated as well as how it will be cured. Read about the breakthroughs your support has made possible.

Results like these take both private and public funding. We are proud to report that 95 cents of every dollar contributed to the LRI goes directly to the research program.  And every one of those dollars has multiplied more than four-fold. Over the past 12 years, the LRI has awarded and funded 140 innovative research grants. That investment of $40 million has turned into more than $170 million as LRI researchers win unmatched levels of follow-on funding from the NIH and other sources to extend development of their innovative work.

“Over the last decade, the LRI produced many of the pivotal discoveries in lupus and autoimmunity,” said William Paul, MD, chair of the LRI Scientific Advisory Board. “The LRI’s approach effectively advances novel concepts that are furthered by large-scale funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others, and to expand the possibilities for new treatments that can help patients.”

Let’s keep research results coming!  Help us shine the light of innovation on better treatments and a cure.

LRI: Closing in on the Cause, Going for the Cure

About the Lupus Research Institute
The world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in lupus, the LRI champions scientific risk-taking in the hunt for solutions to this complex and dangerous autoimmune disease.

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