SLE groups issue call for nominations for research award
The Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Foundation of America and the Lupus Research Institute have announced they will once again combine efforts in seeking out nominations for the Lupus Insight Prize, which supports advances in lupus research with a $200,000 grant.
“One goal of the Lupus Insight Prize is to stimulate the interest of outstanding investigators who have not previously focused their efforts on lupus,” Mary K. Crow, MD, chair of the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) Scientific Advisory Board, physician-in-chief and chair at the Department of Medicine in the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y., said in a press release. “We would love to receive nominations of scientists from other fields who have had a novel insight with potential relevance to the pathogenesis or treatment of lupus.”
Applications are due by March 19 at 5 p.m. ET and can be submitted online. Nominators must submit a two-page letter of nomination that describes the aim of novel discovery sought by the nominee, the candidate’s expertise and achievements along with the impact the work may have on the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Nominees must work in basic, clinical or translational research to be considered and should have a documented record of creativity, innovation, productivity and a high likelihood of generating further advances in the diagnosis and treatment of SLE, according to the release.
“Awareness of the Lupus Insight Prize throughout the scientific community should grow the number of strong scientists who are challenged to unravel the complexities of lupus,” Crow said.
The grant will be awarded during the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies annual translational immunology conference in San Diego on June 24. At the ceremony, the awardee will have an opportunity to share plans about the research and future efforts.
“Lupus is a complex disease that requires out-of-the-box thinking to increase understanding and further our ability to treat persons with this disease effectively,” Peter Lipsky, MD, Lupus Research Institute (LRI) scientific advisory board member and editor-in-chief of Arthritis Research and Therapy, said in the release. “Quantum leaps in understanding lupus will come from innovative discoveries by outstanding scientists. The Lupus Insight Prize will recognize those novel discoveries.”
The first Lupus Insight Prize was awarded in 2012 through a collaboration between the three organizations.
“Collaboration among the lupus community is important to maximize efforts to diagnose lupus, bring the disease under control and find cures,” Gary S. Gilkeson, MD, chair of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) medical-scientific advisory council, said in the release. “The support and collaboration for the Lupus Insight Prize from the LFA, ALR and LRI further demonstrate the commitment of these organizations to work together to advance lupus research.”