Two grants will enable OMRF scientists to examine genes thought to play a role in lupus.
The grants will support more than 50 research and clinical projects, purchase scientific equipment and fund recruitment.
The goal of the new white paper is to create a dramatic shift in how lupus clinical trials are conducted so effective treatments can stand a chance to succeed.
The foundation hopes to recruit up to 2,000 healthy individuals.
The project is focused on lupus, which affects up to 1.5 million Americans.
The event brought in physicians, scientists and industry reps from 18 countries.