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July 23, 2012 – Birmingham, AL – The Arthritis Foundation recently awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship grant to Robert Lowe, MD, Ph. D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at  Children’s of Alabama.  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.”

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis.  Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, impacting 50 million adults and nearly 300,000.  The Arthritis Foundation is the world’s largest private nonprofit funder of arthritis research, investing more than $450 million in strategic initiatives resulting in treatments that have given mobility back to countless patients.  In addition to research funding the Arthritis Foundation fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis, and partners with individuals and families locally to provide empowering programs and information.  In Alabama alone, more than 1.2 million adults and nearly 5,000 children are impacted by this disease.

About Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central and north Alabama. Last year, families made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past three years by US News & world Report. More information is available at