Canadian Doctor Secures the Geoff Carr Research Fellowship in Lupus

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Dr. Derek Haaland has been chosen as the recipient
of the 2009/2010 Geoff Carr Fellowship.
    The Fellowship, named for the late Geoff Carr, is designed to train a
rheumatologist to be an expert in the management of patients with lupus. Dr.
Haaland will be working under the direction of Dr. Judah Denburg and Dr. Mark
Lache at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
    "Research into the causes, effects and potential cures for lupus is not
just a nice thing to do" says Julia Kane, President of Lupus Ontario's Board
of Directors, "it's critical. The management of lupus is costly -to the
affected individual and their families, yes, but also to every taxpayer - it
means time lost at work, increased use of emergency rooms and other health
services and collecting social or medical assistance benefits. Every year
without a cure we lose more and more people we love to this disease and we
cost the system more than it can bear."
    It is estimated that one in two thousand Canadians are currently living
with lupus, 90% of whom are women. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can and
does kill. Instead of protecting the body from bacteria and viruses, the
abnormal immune system characteristic of lupus attacks body tissues. This
causes extreme fatigue, severe muscle and joint pain, anaemia and can result
in the destruction of vital organs. Lupus research in Ontario continues
relentlessly in search of a cure and Lupus Ontario is proud to contribute
generously to this pursuit.
    "Chances are, with so many Canadians afflicted with this disease and so
many more diagnosed each year, everyone knows someone living with lupus," says
Marni Schecter, Executive Director of Lupus Ontario. "You wouldn't know that
someone has lupus by looking at them - on the outside, people living with
lupus show no apparent signs of illness. Inside though, their bodies are being
ravaged and slowly, major organs are failing."
    Dr. Haaland says, "I am honored to have received this award and the
recognition that comes with it from Lupus Ontario. It is a very exciting time
to be involved in lupus research and in the care of lupus patients. As the
immunologic underpinnings of lupus are unraveled, we move closer to developing
more effective and safer treatments for this potentially devastating disease.
Ongoing research funding is paramount to continued success. I am grateful for
the wonderful opportunity provided by the Geoff Carr Fellowship."
    The public can help find a cure for lupus by participating in "Walk a
Block for Lupus" May 9th and 10th, 2009 in almost all communities across the
province. Details are available at or by calling (905)
415-1099. Lupus Ontario is a registered charitable organization and relies on
generous donations to deliver support to people living with lupus and their
families, increase public awareness, deliver public education about lupus and
fund leading edge research.

For further information:

For further information: Marni Schecter, Executive Director, Lupus
Ontario, Phone: (905) 415-1099, Cell: (416) 986-8814,,

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