James received the award for her contributions to understanding systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Two grants will enable OMRF scientists to examine genes thought to play a role in lupus.
The semiannual board meeting was held on Wednesday.
Joan Merrill was given a prestigious honor in Washington, D.C.
The study looked at genetic samples of nearly 8,000 Koreans.
OMRF’s Lorin Olson has pinpointed a cell that starts scarring in fatty tissue.