Oct. 20, 2011

Lupus Foundation of America Awards the Gina M. Finzi Student Fellowships in Lupus Research

October 20, 2011

(Washington, DC) - The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is pleased to announce the 2011 Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Fellowship Program grantees. This unique program seeks to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young investigators by supporting basic, clinical, and psychosocial research studies under the supervision of an established investigator. These five awardees, chosen through a rigorous review process, join the ranks of the more than 200 Finzi Student Fellows that the LFA has funded for more than 25 years. 

The five 2011 award recipients are:

Nashla Barroso, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine (Los Angeles, CA)
Genetic Association of Bone Mineral Density in SLE Patients on Glucocorticoids

Thomas J. Covey, State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
White Matter Integrity and Working Memory Dysfunction in SLE

Lindsey E. Harward, Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
Ovarian Reserve in Women with Autoimmune Disease Treated with Cyclophosphamide

Taylor Teplitzky, Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT)
“Extrafollicular Helper T Cells in Lupus”

William Yuen, Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario Canada)
Target of Autoantibodies in Congenital Heart Block Pregnancies

This one-of- a-kind award program was established by former LFA President Dr. Sergio Finzi in honor of his daughter Gina, who passed away from lupus. Participants in this valued fellowship program have produced numerous publications in respected peer-reviewed journals, gone on to earn M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, and have become medical practitioners and academic researchers.

The LFA’s National Research Program: Bringing Down the Barriers™, is dedicated to addressing research issues that have for decades obstructed basic clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and translational lupus research. The LFA’s approach to research is unique because it directs its funding to areas where gaps exist in the understanding of lupus, and to promising areas of study that are underfunded. Using a three-pronged strategy, the LFA and its national network are committed to advancing the science and medicine of lupus by: leading special initiatives and forging collaborative efforts among stakeholders to address critical issues to advancing the science and medicine of lupus; funding research to close the gaps in lupus research; and advocating for expanded investment in research from public and private sources. For more information about the LFA’s National Research Program, visit www.lupus.org/research.

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