History

  1. 2019
  2. 2018
    • LE&RN creates Physician CME Seminar in Lymphatic Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
    • LE&RN inaugurates first Legislative Lobby Days in Washington, DC to advocate for research funding
    • LE&RN establishes standards for lymphatic disease Centers of Excellence
    • LE&RN authors New York State first-in-nation bill mandating all hospitals give lymphedema information packets to all at-risk patients
  3. 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
    • LE&RN partners with Harvard University Medical Schools for the first Lymphedema Symposium in Boston, MA
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 2013
    • LRF becomes LE&RN with an expanded mission and opens New York City office
    • Live-streamed Medical & Research Symposium Series established
  8. 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
  9. 2010
    • First annual Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases
    • LE&RN National Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Patient Registry created
  10. 2008
    • First-ever Endowed Chair of Lymphatic Research and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine established
  11. 2006
    • Postdoctoral fellowship awards program inaugurated
  12. 2005
    • Grants and Awards Programs established
  13. 2004
    • The Biennial Gordon Research Conference Series, Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Disease established
  14. 2003
    • Lymphatic Research and Biology, an international peer-reviewed journal, has its first printing
  15. 2002
    • Congressional and National Institutes of Health (NIH) support for lymphatic research and lymphatic diseases secured
  16. 1998
    • LE&RN is founded under the name Lymphatic Research Foundation to promote research, treatments and cures