The findings will help push clinicians closer to personalized medicine for lupus sufferers.
The new funding will support investigations into cellular mutations linked to rare skeletal diseases and vessel function.
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.
New research from OMRF is taking physicians closer to personalized treatment solutions for patients suffering from lupus.
The federal grants will support the work of two OMRF scientists who are investigating different aspects of autoimmune disease: Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., and Joan Merrill, M.D.