Alabama Pediatric Rheumatologist Receives

Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant

Robert Lowe, MD, Ph. D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s of Alabama, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant.  The fellowship award, which focuses on a study of the impact of lupus on the immune system, consists of $100,000 over a two-year funding period.

Dr. Lowe joined the faculty of the UAB Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s of Alabama during 2011 after completing his pediatric rheumatology fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio.  He currently spends his professional time on both research and clinical practice treating children with forms of juvenile arthritis and rheumatic diseases.  In addition, Dr. Lowe gives his time to the Arthritis Foundation’s Camp M*A*S*H (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting) recreational program for children with juvenile arthritis. He has just returned from volunteering in the Med Shed along with other clinic staff.

“I am thrilled and honored to accept this generous award by the Arthritis Foundation,” says Dr. Lowe.  We feel that the knowledge gained from our studies will be important in developing more effective and less toxic treatments for children and adults with lupus. This research may also help advance efforts to understand and someday improve treatments for people with other autoimmune diseases such as juvenile arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Seeing and caring for children in our pediatric rheumatology clinic is an important constant reminder of how far we’ve come in treating these conditions, and how much farther we need to go.”

The Children's of Alabama Division of Pediatric Rheumatology is one of the leading care centers in the nation and stemmed from a partnership between the Arthritis Foundation and UAB/Children's of Alabama.  For more information about Children's of Alabama visit www.childrensal.org.


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