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1977

About Lupus Foundation of America

Lupus Foundation of America works to accelerate lupus research and push scientific boundaries to improve life now for people living with lupus. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. It is focused on achieving the following disease-specific outcomes: reduce time to diagnosis, ensure people with lupus have an arsenal of safe and effective treatments, and expand direct services and increase access to treatment.

Lupus Foundation of America Headquarter Location

2121 K Street NW Suite 200

Washington, DC, 20037,

United States

202-349-1155

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Lupus Foundation Of America And Lupus Canada Award Grant For Study Examining Cognitive Dysfunction In People With Lupus

Aug 19, 2021

Lupus Foundation Of America And Lupus Canada Award Grant For Study Examining Cognitive Dysfunction In People With Lupus WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus Canada announced Zahi Touma, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Toronto; Clinician-Scientist, Staff Rheumatologist, University Health... Author: Aug 19, 2021 2:00 PM EDT WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus Canada announced Zahi Touma, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Toronto; Clinician-Scientist, Staff Rheumatologist, University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital and Michelle Barraclough, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow, University Health Network, as the 2021 Lupus Canada Catalyst Award recipients for their study examining cognitive dysfunction and fatigue in systemic lupus erythematosus. Drs. Touma and Barraclough will be researching the causes of cognitive dysfunction in patients with lupus. Cognitive dysfunction can affect up to 75% of people with lupus, which often manifests in the form of cognitive fatigue, or "brain fog." Brain fog can be a common and disruptive symptom of lupus, routinely reported by patients in clinic. The study aims to look at ways of grouping people with lupus according to causes of cognitive problems to help develop future studies to test treatments and ultimately improve these symptoms. The study will use a brain imaging technique known as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to compare the brains of people with lupus to healthy volunteers. This will show if the brains of people with lupus must work harder during cognitive tasks and could explain feelings of "brain fog" due to cognitive dysfunction. "Cognitive dysfunction is highly prevalent in people with lupus and a commonly reported symptom, however there are limited treatment options available," shared Dr. Touma. "Because of the support of the Lupus Foundation of America and Lupus Canada, we will be able to improve the assessment of cognitive function in people with lupus and further research in this critical area to ultimately help with future clinical trials and improve the lives of those living with the disease." The Lupus Canada Catalyst Award supports and provides funding for one year to Canadian researchers at any stage in their career as they embark on innovative research projects that can advance the lupus field and significantly impact the lives of people with lupus. "Our partnership with Lupus Canada and the Catalyst Grant program shows the importance of uniting together to support researchers working on groundbreaking studies that can improve the lives of those living with lupus," said Stevan W. Gibson, president and CEO, Lupus Foundation of America. "Understanding the cognitive impacts of lupus is of critical importance to improving the quality of life for all those that are impacted by this disease." "Working together with the Lupus Foundation of America through the Lupus Canada Catalyst Grant program we are ensuring research that can greatly impact people living with lupus has the support it needs while we invest in the brightest lupus researchers in North America," shared Malcolm Gilroy, Volunteer President, Lupus Canada. "The important work of Drs. Touma and Barraclough studying cognitive dysfunction and fatigue in lupus has incredible promise to improve one of the most common symptoms for those living with lupus, and one that greatly affects their daily lives." About the Lupus Foundation of AmericaThe 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 . About Lupus CanadaLupus Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission and vision of improving the lives of Canadians living with lupus through research, advocacy, public awareness and education. No other Canadian organization provides a bigger opportunity to make an impact on lupus and those who live with this debilitating disease. Learn more about Lupus Canada at lupuscanada.org . Contact: Mike Donnelly donnelly@lupus.org (202) 349-1162 View original content to download multimedia: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lupus-foundation-of-america-and-lupus-canada-award-grant-for-study-examining-cognitive-dysfunction-in-people-with-lupus-301359194.html SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America By

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