OMRF scientist Benjamin Miller received the pair of grants to study how to prevent muscle loss in older adults and other diseases of aging.
Today, 19 percent of Oklahomans are over the age of 60. By 2035, that figure is projected to be 1 in 4.
Scientists have long known lupus has a strong genetic component, but there also must be environmental triggers to activate the disease.
OMRF scientist Patrick Gaffney has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant to investigate the underlying mechanisms that lead to lupus onset.
OMRF has announced the promotion of four of its principal scientists.
Two grants will enable OMRF scientists to examine genes thought to play a role in lupus.