Jill Buyon, M.D., New York University School of Medicine
Project: Evaluating whether hydroxylchloroquine prevents the development of congenital heart block in infants born to women with antibodies to SSA/Ro or SSB/La proteins.
Brian Fife, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Project: Aims to improve understanding of auto-reactive T and B cell migration/cellular interactions in order to develop approaches to limit autoantibody production and SLE disease flares.
Emily Gillespie, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Project: Utilize current lupus clinic bio-repository samples to evaluate why African Americans are disproportionately affected by SLE in order to improve clinical tools and treatments.
Daniel Mueller, M.D., University of Minnesota
Project: Work to identify biomarkers that would be able to identify and characterize self-reactive B cells in individuals with SLE to accelerate discovery of the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases.
Krystle Strand, Ph.D., Concordia College
Project: Measuring differential gene regulation in lupus-prone mice to help identify molecular predictors of disease progression and improved therapeutic strategies.
Funding awards are based on the initial review and recommendations of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Research Committee and its members who then bring forth recommendations to the Board of Directors on an annual basis. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Board of Directors for approval.
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