2014 LIFELINE Grant Program™ Recipients

The Lupus Foundation of America’s LIFELINE Grant Program™ will provide a year’s worth of salary support for faculty who experience a gap in external funding for a specific, previously funded study due to the decreased funding available from government sources. The award is intended to keep an investigator’s project on track while they reapply for larger federal grants.

The recipients are:

  • Betty Tsao, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles, California. This grant is presented in memory of Kassie McMullin Biglow. Dr. Tsao will study two genes that have been recently identified to greatly increase the risk for lupus in Europeans and Asians and how these genes cause lupus;
  • Jill Buyon, M.D., Director, Division of Rheumatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York. This grant is the 2014 Lucy Vodden Research Grant Award, established in memory of Lucy Vodden by the Lupus Foundation of America and Julian Lennon. Dr. Buyon’s study will evaluate whether hydroxychloroquine may prevent the development of congenital heart block, an irreversible and life-threatening condition, in infants born to women with lupus;
  • Diane Kamen, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Research, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. This grant is presented in honor of The Cooper Family Foundation. Dr. Kamen will investigate whether microbes in the gut are capable of contributing to the development of lupus in African Americans with a genetic predisposition for the disease, and;
  • Mark J. Mamula, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT. This grant is made possible in part by funds provided by Lupus Foundation of America Connecticut Chapter. Dr. Mamula will investigate how certain modifications to proteins found in one’s own body leads to autoimmunity.