Jul. 16, 2014

Two Pennsylvania Medical Students Receive Fellowships from the Lupus Foundation of America

Pennsylvania Medical Students among a New Generation of Lupus Researchers Enlisted in the Fight to Solve the ‘Cruel Mystery’

Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter Announces its 2014 Goldie Simon Preceptorship Summer Award Recipients and National Lupus Research Program Summer Fellowships

July 2014 - The Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter is pleased to announce local and national summer student grants, investing in the next generation of lupus researchers.

These unique programs were established decades ago to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young scientists by funding basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological and behavioral lupus research studies, conducted under the supervision of an established investigator.  Young scientists are chosen through a rigorous review process and were awarded summer grants to pursue research efforts in lupus.

Recipients of the Goldie Simon Preceptorship Awards – Funded in Part by the PA Department of Health and Generous Donations to the Julius Erving Research Fund:

Hayley Williamson
Preceptor: Nina Luning Prak, MD, Ph.D.
The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Project: The Landscape of Expanded B Cell Clones in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Ahmed Toure
Preceptor:  Michael Cancro, Ph.D.
The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Project:  CpG-Induced T-bet Expression in B Cell Subsets

Janice Tiao
Preceptor:  Victoria Werth, M.D.
The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Project:  Photoprovocation Testing in Subjects with Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus


Recipients of the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship:

Daniel Shu
Mentor:  Philip L. Cohen, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Rheumatology Section at the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Project: Expression of MAVS-inhibitory Protein NLRX1 in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

•  Jennifer Mall
Mentor:  Joseph Ahearn, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of the Allegheny Singer Research Institute in Pittsburgh.
Project: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Events in the Pittsburgh Lupus Cohort Over 20 Years