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.

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.

2013 Goldie Simon Preceptorship Awards:
Daniel Shu
Termple University
The Role of MAVS in Lupus
Preceptor: Wenhai Shao, Ph.D.

Nina Marston
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Immunologic and Infection Monitoring of Pediatric Rheumatology Patients Treated with Rituximab
Preceptor:  Jon Burnham, MD, MSCE

Martin Naradikian
The University of Pennsylvania
Innate DNA Sensor Limits B Cell Proliferation and Plasma Cell Differentiation
Preceptor:  Michael Cancro, Ph.D.

Sachin Gandhi
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Role and Prevalence of TNF-alpha In Lupus Erythematosus
Preceptor:  Victoria Werth, M.D.

Clinical Trials

Physicians in our area are currently seeking volunteers to participate in two 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.

The EMBODY research study will help researchers learn more about investigational study drugs being developed for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus.  Learn more about the EMBODY study.