The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) was founded in 1999 to create a new research environment for lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that has baffled scientists for more than 40 years. At its founding, leading scientists urged the LRI to recognize that major scientific breakthroughs come from unexpected directions. Let the science lead the way, they urged. Stay open to new ideas and allow researchers to pursue bold, potentially high-risk, yet scientifically sound hypotheses unimpeded by traditional thinking. And back it all up with rigorous peer review. Since its inception the LRI has raised over $14 million dollars and funded nearly 60 cutting edge novel research projects around the country.
The LRI has a unique approach, marshalling private-sector financial resources to support the highest ranked new science. Its priorities are to:
* FOSTER NOVEL LUPUS RESEARCH
*ACCELRATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMARKERS FOR LUPUS
*ACTIVELY RECRUIT, TRAIN AND SUPPORT INVESTIGATORS NEW TO LUPUS