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Lupus News
July 2013
Mercedes and Rebecca Pitzer

Mom inspiration for intern's work at LFM
By: Mercedes Pitzer, LFM Administrative Support

Growing up, I always thought I would become a pharmacist just like my grandfather. However, after my first semester at North Dakota State University, I quickly realized that it was not for me. I changed my major to Health Communication and never looked back. Not only am I completely devoted to the career path that I am now embarking on, but I am just as passionate about it too.
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LFM-funded research published

In working towards a world without lupus, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) funds promising clinical studies in efforts to treat, cure and help prevent lupus. One of those funded studies was recently published in The Journal of Immunology on June 21. Bryce Binstadt, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, at the University of Minnesota, played a key role in this research.


"Some patients with SLE make autoantibodies that bind to macrophage scavenger receptor-1 (Msr1, also called SR-A)," says Binstadt. "Our study helps understand the normal function of Msr1 in the immune system, and provides insights regarding how antibodies that bind to Msr1 (i.e., the antibodies present in some patients with SLE) might influence the development or progression of autoimmune diseases."


Also of note: former LFM Student Summer Fellow Philip Titcombe is acknowledged as a contributor on this research study.


Since 1995, over 39 grants have been made to researchers working on lupus-related research totaling over 1.97 million dollars.

Bryce Binstadt, M.D., Ph.D.
Ami Yamamoto and Chris Cronick
Ambassador and Student Summer Fellow featured on LFM blog
Offering insights into a lupus diagnosis and lupus research are LFM's most recent blog authors: 2013 Lupus Ambassador Chris Cronick and Student Summer Fellow Ami Yamamoto.

Chris was diagnosed with lupus in 2010 and offers an inside look at what living with lupus entails. She'll be featured in some upcoming media appearances surrounding the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events and will be at the events themselves.

Ami is writing about her experiences being a Student Summer Fellow and working alongside Erik Peterson, M.D., at the University of Minnesota, researching a potential "risk" gene for SLE lupus.

Both have several blog posts published. Stay tuned for future posts.

Learn about the latest lupus research
Learn about the latest lupus research conducted by Danielle Johnson, Lindsey Pogge, Charlotte Stanford and Ami Yamamoto, this year's Student Summer Fellows. These college students have been shadowing four of the University of Minnesota's clinical researchers.
Join them, August 19, to hear about their projects, ask questions about their research and learn how their findings will impact the lives of those touched by lupus. Watch below for a sneak peek of Danielle talking about her project that investigates the relationship between cardiovascular disease and lupus. Presentations begin at 1:00 at the University of Minnesota. Space is limited. For more information visit the LFM calendar
Danielle Johnson
LFM Student Summer Fellow 
Danielle Johnson

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