2014 Forum for Discovery: Largest Meeting Focused on Lupus

A Picture of Intense Passion and Commitment

This is what excitement looks like when 150 of the world’s top scientists focus all their intensity, concentration and talent on improving lupus treatment as they share their results, learnings and insights for two full days at the Lupus Research Institute’s 2014 Forum for Discovery.

“The LRI Annual Conference first began to answer the need for novel fundamental research in lupus and has evolved to encompass the full continuum of research including human lupus biology, translational and clinical research,” noted world-leading immunologist Dr. William Paul, LRI Scientific Advisory Board Chairman and National Academy of Sciences member. “The conference provides a unique forum for researchers from diverse disciplines to interact and spark new collaborations, united in the search for solutions to this very difficult disease.”

The conference featured presentations and discussions on:

  • How Big Data is transforming lupus drug discovery and development
  • Progress of five large-scale Distinguished Innovator projects uncovering the root causes of lupus
  • Presentations of LRI-funded novel discoveries that are driving to new treatments and diagnostics
  • How lupus research can benefit from rheumatoid arthritis successes

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Lupus Research Institute thanks our corporate sponsors for supporting our 2014 two-day Forum for Discovery:

Patient Conference “Advancing Lupus Care through Research and Advocacy”

Our second scientific conference for non-scientists was also very well attended and well received by patients, friends and families.

The formal program covered:

  • Where lupus research is headed and the LRI’s role in its progress
  • Progress of LRI-funded work on lupus nephritis
  • Progress of LRI-funded work on the relationship between the individual’s microbiome and lupus
  • Status of LRxL STAT, an LRI and Alliance for Lupus Research collaborative project in identifying existing drugs that might be used to treat lupus
  • How to advocate for research funding and improved access for quality healthcare

Thanks also go to the corporate sponsors that supported the patient conference: