CTSA Hub Awards Announced!
NCATS announces 18 Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Hub Awards. Congratulations to ACTS Member Institutions receiving this award!
- Boston University
- Georgetown-Howard Universities, Washington, D.C.
- Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City
- New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City
- Northwestern University, Chicago
- State University of New York at Buffalo
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- University of California, Irvine
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Florida, Gainesville
- University of Iowa, Iowa City
- University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
- University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Research Goal: Catch the Interferons that Cause Lupus, One Cell at a Time
Mark Walter, Ph.D., professor of microbiology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, is seeking a way to detect — at the level of individual immune cells — exactly which interferons and which cells provoke the disease. This ability would help develop blood tests to diagnose the disease and also measure the effectiveness of lupus treatments. If Walter is able to finger the prime interferon culprits, it will help guide the design of more precise interferon inhibitors to treat lupus, a disease that affects at least 1.5 million Americans.
This level of detection requires a difficult leap in cutting-edge technology. Walter’s research is one of 11 high-risk, high-payoff Novel Research Grants recently awarded by the Lupus Research Institute to push the boundaries of discovery and advance innovative new therapies.
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