WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Lupus Foundation of America announced the recipients of the 2020 Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award (CDA), a two-year grant supporting the professional growth of early career scientists as they establish their studies in lupus research, helping to grow the lupus research field.
"The Lupus Foundation of America's Career Development Award plays such an important role in filling the need for more lupus-focused researchers by supporting young scientists at such a pivotal time in their careers – ensuring that they have mentorship during their research, and providing funding that can be difficult to obtain at such an early career stage," shared Karen H. Costenbader, MD, MPH, Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical-Scientific Advisory Council.
The 2020 recipients are:
The grants support young scientists at a crucial time in their career – as they forge their career path. This year, three grantees will be focusing their studies on lupus-related kidney disease (lupus nephritis), an incredibly important area of lupus research. Each grantee works with an established clinical scientist as a mentor, ensuring that grantees have the support and guidance needed during their research.
"The focus of the Career Development Award on young scientists at the beginning of their careers allows experienced mentors like myself to work with very intelligent and driven investigators while guiding them in their studies. The grant also ensures the future of lupus research is bright and increases the likelihood of new breakthroughs," shared Brad H. Rovin, MD, FACP, FASN, Director of Nephrology, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, The Ohio State University, and member of the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical-Scientific Advisory Council.
The 2020 Career Development Award recipients are committed to advancing the field by studying the following important areas of lupus research:
Learn more about the Gary S. Gilkeson Career Development Award and its 2020 grantees, here.
Additionally, the Lupus Foundation of America with support from the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation will be providing the second year of funding for the 2019 Career Development Award recipients, who have made significant progress in their research.
About the Lupus Foundation of America
The Lupus Foundation of America is the national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world's cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus. Learn more about the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org.
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