Oct. 24, 2013

Board of Directors Award Research Grants!

The Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter Board of Directors award two $20,000 local research grants to the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Ann K. Rosenthal, MD, Will and Cava Ross Professor of Medicine and Chief of Rheumatology for her project, Interferons, Tranglutaminase Activity and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  Dr. Rosenthal's work examines the role of an enzyme known as transglutaminase in lupus.  Drugs which inhibit this enzyme have improved lupus in animal models.  Her team found levels of this enzyme are higher in the blood stream of patients with lupus than in healthy people.  The work will identify the mechanisms that produce these high levels of enzyme in lupus patients, so that new therapies for this disease can be designed.

We also congratulate Dr. Judyann Olson, MD for her project, Improving the Care of Childhood-Onset Lupus Patients through Quality Initiatives and Education.  Dr. Olson's goal is to improve the quality of patient care.  Her team will examine the wide variation in how health care is provided for lupus patients with an emphasis on reducing variability in care, which contributes to differing outcomes.  Providing care in a more uniform manner becomes more feasible with the guidance of quality indicators, which have been developed in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.

Thank you to our generous constituents and contributors enable us to continue our dedicated fight against lupus and make research funding possible. We also thank you Dr. Rosenthal, Dr. Olson and their research staff for your continued commitment to lupus patients, families and caregivers.