History

  1. 2017

    • LE&RN Spokesperson Kathy Bates honored by Research America with "Impact on Public Opinion Award"
    • LE&RN co-organizes the inaugural biennial researcher event Lymphatic Forum: Exploring the Lymphatic Continuum in Chicago, June 2017

  2. 2016

     March 6 officially established as World Lymphedema Day by U.S. Senate, New York legislature, and countries around the world
     International Chapters inaugurated
     LE&RN spearheads $70M US Senate Appropriations request sponsored by Sen. Schumer (NY)
     Spokesperson Kathy Bates takes LE&RN's mission center stage on a multitude of network television shows and print cover stories

  3. 2015

    • LE&RN/Fat Disorder Research Society Lipedema Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards established
    • LE&RN/NAVBO partnership to establish biennial conference in lymphatics
    Agreement to transfer University of Pittsburgh’s Family Lymphedema Study bio-specimens into LE&RN’s tissue bank
    • State Chapters inaugurated
    First Virtual Expo established
    LE&RN receives GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award

  4. 2014

    • “Ask the Experts” web feature established to connect patients to leading authorities
    The LE&RN/LymphNotes Lymphedema Therapist Scholarship Program is founded
    • NYC Walk to Fight Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases crosses Brooklyn Bridge for the first time
    • The Face of Lymphedema Challenge and Membership Campaign are kicked off
    Academy Award-winning Actress Kathy Bates becomes LE&RN’s Spokesperson
    • New York State Legislature awards funding
    for National Patient Registry & Tissue Bank

  5. 2013

    LRF becomes LE&RN with an expanded mission and opens New York City office
    • Live-streamed Medical & Research Symposium Series established

  6. 2012

    • LE&RN National Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Tissue Bank established
    • Breakthrough study, blood test for diagnosis of lymphedema published—Stanford University School of Medicine Endowed Chair

  7. 2010

    First annual Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases
    • LE&RN National Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Patient Registry
    created

  8. 2008

    First-ever Endowed Chair of Lymphatic Research and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine established

  9. 2006

    • Postdoctoral fellowship awards program inaugurated

  10. 2005

    • Grants and Awards Programs established

  11. 2004

    The Biennial Gordon Research Conference Series, Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Disease established

  12. 2003

    • Lymphatic Research and Biology, an international peer-reviewed journal, has its first printing

  13. 2002

    • Congressional and National Institutes of Health (NIH) support for lymphatic research and lymphatic diseases secured

  14. 1998

    • LE&RN is founded under the name Lymphatic Research Foundation to promote research, treatments and cures