Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Award in Lupus and Autoimmunity

Award Info:

The Distinguished Innovator Awards provide outstanding scientists with substantial support (up
to $250,000 per year for up to four years) to conduct novel research into the fundamental causes
of systemic lupus erythematosus and so provide new directions towards a cure.


The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is the world’s leading private funder of lupus research. The
organization’s mission is to improve treatments for lupus while advancing towards a cure
through the support for research. At present, therapy for lupus is empiric and involves a variety
of non-specific anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agents. While these treatments are
frequently beneficial, many patients do not respond adequately and suffer significant side effects.
Importantly, many unanswered questions regarding the pathogenesis of lupus remain and new
conceptual and therapeutic approaches are urgently needed