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Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease Matters, August 2018

Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease Matters
News from LE&RN August 2018

Sign up now for a discount on your NY #LymphWalk registration

The temperatures are soaring right now in New York City, but don't let that fool you. Now is the perfect time to sign up for the November 10 New York Run/Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases. If you register now and use the code NYEARLY2018, you'll get $10 off the $40 registration fee. You'll also get an Ambassador Code which, if used by your friends and family to register, can reduce your fee even further -- potentially bringing your fee down to zero!

So don't wait for temperatures to drop! Sign up today. NYEARLY2018 is good through September 30.


Kathy Bates to keynote 2nd annual Harvard Lymphedema Symposium

LE&RN Spokesperson and Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd annual Harvard Lymphedema Symposium, November 2-3, in Boston at Merck Research Laboratories. Ms. Bates' talk, "Living with Lymphedema," will take place on Day 2 of this two-day conference, allowing both those attending the Clinical Symposium and those attending the Patient Symposium to attend. World-renowned international faculty will share and discuss the state of the art in lymphedema diagnosis and treatment. 


Lymphatic researchers to serve on NIH Study Sections

Lymphatic researchers have long told LE&RN about the need to include reviewers with expertise in lymphatics on NIH Study Sections to review lymphatic grant applications. LE&RN received good news in July with a positive response from NIH Scientific Review Officers (SROs) and then reached out to our research community to ask that researchers donate time and expertise to this initiative. We thank and recognize the 18 researchers who came forward. We are optimistic that this development will raise awareness for lymphatic research and lead to an increase in grant approvals.


Lymphatic research news

A recent discovery that a set of lymphatic vessels interacts with blood vessels to remove toxic waste products from the brain has implications for cognition, aging, and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.


Department of Defense (DoD) funding opportunities

LE&RN is currently working with legislators, activists, and a government relations firm to guarantee that “lymphatic diseases” are included as a category eligible for study through the DoD Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program. Fiscal-year 2018 funding opportunities for the DoD Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) and the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) being managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are listed on LE&RN's website.


Dr. Esak Lee, former LE&RN Fellow, debuts new lab

LE&RN congratulations Dr. Esak Lee on the opening of his new lab, The Lee Lab, at Cornell University. Dr. Lee was a LE&RN Fellow.


Congratulations, Emma! And thank you!

Emma Detlefsen (pictured at left at the New York State Capitol, Albany, photo credit: Emma's Incredibles/Tiffany Detlefsen) is a LE&RN Youth Ambassador and was selected as one of "13 Kids Who Care" by NewsChannel 13 and St. Peter’s Health Partners in NY. The program honors student volunteers, allowing them to select a charity to receive $500. Thank you, Emma, for choosing LERN.

Emma was also honored as a "Woman of Distinction" by the New York State legislature. Watch a video interview with this amazing young lady here.


Leave a review and help LE&RN maintain Great NonProfit status

For the past few years, LE&RN has been designated as a Great NonProfit. You can help ensure that we retain this status by leaving a review for LE&RN here.


BIDMC Acupuncture for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Study in Boston

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, are conducting a study to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of acupuncture for patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema. You may be eligible for this study if you have a single arm affected by lymphedema following breast cancer treatment. More details and contact information is available on LE&RN's website.


University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Treatment Study

Researchers at UCSF are conducting a study to learn if treatment with a negative pressure massage device (Lymphatouch) is effective, compared to manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage, at improving swelling, skin condition, and movement in the arms of women with lymphedema. Details can be found on LE&RN's website.


Visit LE&RN's Virtual Expo

LE&RN's Virtual Expo brings together companies that offer products and services to the lymphedema, lipedema, and lymphatic disease communities. These companies offer videos on a variety of topics. Check out Virtual Expo today.   


Become a LE&RN Supporting Member

LE&RN's programs to fight LE and LD through education, research, and advocacy are only possible because of Supporting Members and corporate sponsors (below). If you are a Supporting Member, thank you. If you have not yet joined, please join the fight today.

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