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Grants awarded to young scientists supporting next generation of lupus researchers

Posted on July 29, 2021

The Lupus Foundation of America awarded 6 grants to young scientists involved in lupus research, according to a press release.

The Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program aims to mentor and support the scientists who will have a key role in shaping the future of lupus research. Each student is mentored for the duration of their project by a lupus investigator.

“More needs to be done to attract bright students to consider research related to lupus care and advancing the understanding of the disease, and the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program does just that,” said Victoria Werth, MD and 2021 Finzi Fellow Mentor, in a press release. “Early experiences can be very pivotal for students considering lupus as a future career choice. Through this grant program, students have that opportunity to gain those early experiences while also having the important mentorship needed to make their research a success.”

The research of 2 students will focus on lupus nephritis. Bricker

Kristen Bricker, from Penn State College of Medicine, research is on “miR-21 Regulation of Autoimmune Responses and Lupus Nephritis Development” and Farnoosh Naderinabi, from the University of Western Ontario, research is on “Interferon Alfa as a Biomarker to Predict Lupus Nephritis Response to Treatment.”

To see the full list of recipients, click here.

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