The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Fellowship Program grantees. This unique program, established more than 25 years ago by former LFA President Dr. Sergio Finzi in honor of his daughter Gina who passed away from lupus, seeks to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young scientists by funding basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, and behavioral research studies under the supervision of an established investigator.
Five young scientists, chosen through a rigorous review process, are awarded grants this year through the program. These young scientists join the ranks of more than 200 Finzi Student Fellows that the program has supported since its inception.
"The Lupus Foundation of America is thrilled to welcome the 2012 grantees into the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Fellowship Program," explains Graciela S. Alarcon, M.D., M.P.H., Emeritus Jane Knight Lowe Chair of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Member, LFA Medical-Scientific Advisory Council. "Through this program, we are able to foster an interest in lupus research among the next generation of young scientists that may not have happened without our support. Our hope is that these efforts, made possible through the fellowship program, advance the science and medicine of lupus - and potentially even lead to the next breakthrough in lupus research."
The 2012 award recipients include:
- Caroline Albert, Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT)
"Can Hydroxychoroquine Prevent Adverse Pregnancy in Women with APS?"
Mentor: Vikki M. Abrahams, Ph.D.
- Elizabeth Clarke, University of California at Irvine (Irvine, CA)
"Impact of C1q on Macrophage Modulation of T Cell Function in Autoimmunity"