Nearly 200 lupus researchers, clinicians and representatives from government, industry, academia and nonprofit organizations involved in lupus research will gather on the campus of the National Institutes of Health to look at ways to best apply research findings from lupus mouse models to human lupus. The agenda includes presentations from twenty scientists, including discussions about new insights into lupus gained from clinical studies and animal models, advances and challenges in treating lupus, analysis of the genetics of lupus in humans and animals, and the future of lupus research and treatment.
“This meeting is bringing together researchers that are experts in mouse models of lupus and human lupus,” says Dr. Gary Gilkeson, Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)’s Medical-Scientific Advisory Council. “The goal will be to review the current state of research in mouse models of lupus and how they can best be applied to human lupus in defining new biomarkers, new genes and new treatments of disease.”
This meeting on September 2-3 at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland is sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). The LFA assisted with meeting planning and has helped to underwrite a portion of the expenses associated with the meeting as part of its ongoing support for research to advance the science and medicine of lupus.
During this meeting participants will discuss similarities, as well as differences, seen in human disease and animal models. Organizers are also hopeful that participants may be able to develop a consensus around the most important features of lupus and what animal models might be most useful in future studies of the disease. The LFA will report additional details of the meeting in a future issue of The Lupus Research Report. If you don’t already receive LFA’s eNewsletter you can sign up for free.
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