Local Research

As an affiliate of the Lupus Foundation of America, the Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter proudly supports the national research program:  Bringing Down the Barriers.™   This program was created in 1977 and was the first private national lupus research program.  We assembled the best minds in lupus research and began funding groundbreaking studies.  These studies laid the foundation for many research advances.  Data generated by our early research investments provided pathways toward identifying people at highest risk for lupus and stopping the disease before it starts.

New Award
2014 Preceptorship in Pediatric Lupus
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Locally supported research endeavors aim to provide seed funding for young investigators and/or students to foster an interest in lupus in the areas of basic, clinical or psychosocial research under the supervision of an established investigator.  We want the brilliant minds dedicted to lupus research!  Recent local projects include:

Goldie Simon Preceptorship Award
Named in honor of Goldie Simon, President Emeritus and founder of the former LFA, Philadelphia Chapter, the purpose of the Goldie Simon Preceptorship Awards Program is to foster an interest in lupus in the areas of basic, clinical or psychosocial research under the supervision of an established investigator.

2014 Student Awards

2014 Goldie Simon Preceptorship Awards:

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

Clinical Trials

Physicians in our area are currently seeking volunteers to participate in the below clinical research studies.

As part of the LFA's efforts to Bring Down the Barriers to discovery of more effective and tolerable treatments for lupus, the LFA is working through its Center for Clinical Trials Education and Lupus Research Registry to distribute information about clinical research studies currently seeking volunteers.