The project, led by Patrick Gaffney, Ph.D., is within the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology research department at OMRF and is a multi-faceted research project seeking funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the objective of supporting translational research in the field of SLE research.
The role of the committee, comprised of scientific and lay members, will be to provide input into the needs of patients with autoimmune disorders, and provide recommendations toward better diagnostics and therapeutics for suffers of these devastating diseases. Committee members will evaluate the ongoing progress of the SLE CORT projects and review and recommend pilot and feasibility project applications for submission to the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
Monroe’s previous roles in clinical and community-based research include implementation of urban NIH-funded asthma and diabetes prevention and management programs, advisory board committee roles at Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Community Based Research and, adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Community Medicine at the Boston University School of Public Health, among others.
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011, and has awarded over two million dollars in support of research and research fellowships since its inception. Supporting local investigators in autoimmune disease research is one of the primary missions of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.
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The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota's mission is to serve those affected by lupus, raise awareness and fund research in an ongoing effort to improve the lives of others.