February 11, 2013

Dr. Gary Gilkeson Discusses Lupus Foundation of America’s Career Development Award in Rheumatology News Article

Dr. Gary Gilkeson
As revenue sources for research dwindle, academic medical centers are under great stress today. Public and private funding opportunities are harder than ever before to come by. For researchers just starting their careers—particularly those with an interest in lupus—these problems could not come at a worst time.

In the February issue of Rheumatology News (PDF), Dr. Gary Gilkeson, Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical-Scientific Advisory Committee, discusses the need for more public and private funding to keep up the momentum of lupus research and prevent a negative impact on patient care. Dr. Gilkeson says that programs like the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Research Program: Bringing Down the Barriers, have been crucial in retaining some researchers in the field, but more is needed.

The Foundation recently announced a new Career Development Award that will offer professional development support to early career clinician-scientists—a step ostensibly meant to stem the hemorrhage of young lupus researchers.

Learn more about that award and other research initiatives at www.lupus.org/research.

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