February 2014 Newsletter

Collaboration pushes forward to find treatments for lupus

scientistsBy Lupus Research Institute

Scientists are collaborating to accelerate the process for finding new treatments for lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) and the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) are proud to join the National Institutes of Health (NIH)in the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) recently launched to work on new treatments.

The new $230 million collaboration will harness the collective knowledge and resources among the NIH, biopharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations and academic communities. Recognizing that no new targeted therapies exist for severe lupus, the new consortia will work to better understand the disease and uncover new targets for drug development. A total of $41.6 million is allocated specifically to the autoimmune diseases lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
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November Newsletter

Remember Lupus Colorado On Colorado Gives Day

CGD 2013_MasterMark your calendars and tell your friends! Colorado Gives Day is right around the corner. On Dec. 10 your donation to Lupus Colorado will be leveraged by the Community First Foundation.

For 24 hours, donations will be accepted through the website ColoradoGives.org. Please log on on Dec. 10 and support Lupus Colorado!

“Colorado Gives Day puts Colorado’s non-profits in the forefronts of people’s minds,” said Lupus Colorado Executive Director Debbie Lynch. “It’s an opportunity to reflect on what causes are important to you and give — knowing that your money will be leveraged and the impact of your gift made greater.”

Colorado Gives Day is an online giving initiative created by the Community First Foundation and supported by Colorado’s largest locally owned bank and corporate partner FirstBank.
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October Newsletter

LC honored by Colorado Healthcare Communicators

lupus-awardsDebbie Lynch (third from right) was honored as Professional of the Year by Colorado Healthcare Communicators. She is supported by (left to right) administrative assistant  Gayna Warren, board member Carol Wright, board member Peggy Gibson, blogger Carie Sherman, (Lynch), special events contractor Rhonda Jackson, communications contractor Michelle Ancell.

Lupus Colorado was honored with three awards at the Colorado Healthcare Communicator’s Gold Leaf Awards in October.

Executive Director Debbie Lynch was named Professional of the Year by the Colorado Healthcare Communicators.

“The board and staff at Lupus Colorado know the outstanding work done by our President and CEO Debbie Lynch,” said Carol Wright, Chair of the Lupus Colorado Board of Directors.  “Her tireless efforts on behalf of Lupus Colorado have allowed the organization to grow and provide critical services to those with lupus and their families.”
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September Newsletter

People Of European Of African American Descent May Be A Great Risk For Lupus

Lupus nephritis is more common in people of European or African-American descent with two specific genes according to research just published by David W. Powell, PhD, of the University of Louisville, and colleagues in the online edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  About half of all lupus patients develop lupus nephritis. The varied incidence rates of the condition between ethnic groups suggests genes may play a role.

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