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LRA Funds Research Projects to Find New Therapies for Lupus

Lupus News Today reports The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) has funded a series of ongoing research projects worldwide, aimed at seeking new therapies for lupus patients. Award recipients presented their findings at the 13th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (LUPUS 2019) in San Francisco, California earlier this month.

A project led by Theresa Lu, MD, PhD, Research Institute at HSS, was presented by Noa Shwartz, MD, MS, clinical fellow at HSS, in a poster, “Dermal Lymphatic Characterization in the MRL/lpr Lupus Model.” The project is investigating how lupus changes the lymphatic system — the vessels that transport lymphatic fluid and immune cells in and out of tissues.

According to their findings, the circulation of fluid and immune cells in the lymphatic system is reduced to the point that inflammatory molecules produced by immune cells become “trapped” in the tissue, worsening skin inflammation. The team believes that a similar mechanism may be responsible for severe skin inflammation in some lupus patients.

Read the full article at LupusNewsToday.com.