The Lupus Foundation of America honored two physicians Sunday for their roles in the advancement of lupus research.
Dr. Mariana Kaplan received the foundation's Evelyn V. Hess Award, a lifetime achievement award to a researcher whose body of work has advanced the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of lupus.
Dr. Timothy Niewold was awarded the Mary Betty Stevens Young Investigator Prize that recognizes early stage lupus investigators.
Both doctors received their awards at a reception given by the Lupus Foundation of America.
Kaplan is the chief of the systematic autoimmunity branch in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at National Institutes of Health. She leads research on lupus-related organ damage and has discovered mechanisms that can help prevent premature atherosclerosis in people with lupus.
Niewold is a rheumatologist at Mayo Clinic and an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. His main research is on the role of genetics and immune system signaling molecules in the development and progression of lupus.
"We are proud to honor Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Niewold with these prestigious awards,” Lupus Foundation of America Medical-Scientific Advisory Council Chair Gary Gilkeson said. “Their research is helping us better understand the causes of lupus and its complications, getting us closer to new and improved ways to treat lupus and the organ damage it creates,”
Gilkeson, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, said.
Lupus Foundation honors two doctors for their lupus research
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