Two students are honored for their lupus research

Yale School of Medicine student Caroline Albert and rising Yale College senior Anne Song are among five young scientists selected to receive grants for their research from the Lupus Foundation of America.

The Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Fellowship Program awards grants to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young scientists by funding basic, clinical, translational, epidemiological, and behavioral research under the supervision of an established researcher. The program was established more than 25 years ago by former Lupus Foundation of America president Sergio Finzi in honor of his daughter, who passed away from lupus. Grant recipients are chosen through a rigorous review process.

Albert has studied whether hydroxychoroquine can prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome, with Vicki M. Abrahams, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, as her mentor. Song’s study, “Competition between TLR7 and TLR9 for UNC93B in a Murine Model of Lupus,” was conducted at the School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Mark J. Shlomchik.

“The Lupus Foundation of America is thrilled to welcome Ms. Albert and Ms. Song into the Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Fellowship Program,” says Dr. Graciela S. Alarcón, a member of the foundation’s medical-scientific advisory council. “Through this program we are able to foster an interest in lupus research among the next generation of young scientists that may not have happened without our support. Our hope is that these efforts, made possible through the fellowship program, advance the science and medicine of lupus — and potentially even lead to the next breakthrough in lupus research.”