The Association of Independent Research Institutes named OMRF Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Hassen as its new president.
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.
The National Institutes of Health awarded the grants, which will fund research on autoimmune diseases and human exposure to anthrax.
Alzheimer’s affects 5.8 million Americans, and one in three senior citizens dies with the disease or other forms of dementia.