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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. Click here for more information.

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 dedicated to lupus research! Recent local projects include:

The 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.

2017 Goldie Simon Preceptorship Award Recipients
Connie Qiu

Preceptor: Stefania Gallucci, M.D.
Temple University, The Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Project: Metabolic Modulation of Key Immune Cells in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 

Carolyn Kushner

Preceptor: Victoria Werth, M.D.
Department of Dermatology, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Project: Evaluation of the Reliability and Validity of the Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus Disease Area and Severity Index (CLASI) in Pediatrics

Camille Syrett

Preceptor: Montserrat C. Anguera, Ph.D.
The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Project: Contribution of the Inactive X Chromosome in B Lymphocytes to SLE

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.