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In This Issue
New Postdoctoral Fellows
Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Tissue Bank
National Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases 2012
Communication Matters! Access the new LRF App!

News From LRF

LRF Names Three New Postdoctoral Fellows


The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program -- now in its seventh year and beginning its fourth class of fellows -- has selected three outstanding recipients of this generous international fellowship for the July 2012- June 2014 term.


Carolyn Bayer, PhD 

Mentor:  Stanislav Emelianov, PhD

Institution:  University of Texas at Austin 

Award:  LRF Additional Supportfor NIH-funded F32 Postdoctoral Fellow Award 

Grant Amount:  $20,000 (over two years)  

Project Title: Molecular Photoacoustic Imaging using Multitargeted Contrast Agents


Alireza Haghighi Kakhki, MD, PhD

Mentor:  Robert E. Ferrell, PhD

Institution:  University of Pittsburgh

Award:  LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Grant Amount:  $82,000 (over two years)

Project Title:  Genetic Basis of the Yellow Nails Lymphedema Pleural Effusion Syndrome (OMIM 153300)


Yiquig Yang, PhD

Mentor:  Mark Kahn, MD

Institution:  University of Pennsylvania

Award:  LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Grant Amount:  $82,000 (over two years)

Project Title:  The Interaction between Lymphatic Vessels and Lymphoid Organs in Development.


LRF Fellows Break New Ground

The LRF Fellowship Program is establishing a cadre of young researchers focusing careers in lymphatic biology. Below are links to recent scientific articles publishing the impressive work of several former LRF Fellows.


Blood flow reprograms lymphatic vessels to blood vessels.

Chen CY, Bertozzi C, Zou Z, Yuan L, Lee JS, Lu M, Stachelek SJ, Srinivasan S, Guo L, Vincente A, Mericko P,Levy RJ, Makinen T, Oliver G, Kahn ML.

J Clin Invest. 2012 Jun 1;122(6):2006-17. doi: 10.1172/JCI57513. Epub 2012 May 24.


RASA1 maintains the lymphatic vasculature in a quiescent functional state in mice.

Lapinski PE, Kwon S, Lubeck BA, Wilkinson JE, Srinivasan RS, Sevick-Muraca E, King PD.

J Clin Invest. 2012 Feb 1;122(2):733-47. doi: 10.1172/JCI46116. Epub 2012 Jan 9.





Support an LRF Fellow 

LRF's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is having remarkable success in drawing and keeping talented young researchers in the field of lymphatic research.  Please considering joining (or renewing your commitment to) the LRF 100 for $500 Fund-A-Fellow Campaign.  Every cent of your donation of $500 goes directly to the support of the scientific research of an LRF fellow. 



Click here to make a Fund-A-Fellow Donation!




Research Matters 

National Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Tissue Bank to be Operational Fall 2012 


LRF made history two years ago with the launch of the National Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Registry.  With nearly 700 patients currently in the database, we are now collaborating with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to begin the collection of biological materials to be available to research scientists.   


The Registry is already yielding the kinds of data needed by scientists and physicians to begin the work of identifying, categorizing, treating, preventing, and hopefully - one day - curing lymphatic diseases.  As more and more patients join this effort, researchers will have access to detailed information on clinical and laboratory presentations for the various lymphatic diseases, modes of inheritance, symptomatic presentation, diagnostic history, treatment response and outcomes. Critically important to the development of new pharmaceuticals and treatment devices and protocols, the Registry also establishes a pool of fully identified and categorized patients for future clinical trials.


Phase two of this important project - creating the tissue bank/bio-repository -  is now under way.  We expect to have our host organization, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, gathering lymphatic disease and lymphedema blood serum and tissue samples beginning this fall. Registry data and tissue bank samples will then be available for laboratory study, giving researchers access to the biological materials essential to advancing lymphatic science at the bench and clinical research levels.



Call for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Disease Patients:



LRF and our partners at Stanford University School of Medicine and The Feinstein Instititute for Medical Research are working hard to create a  definitive database of lymphatic disease and lymphedema patients to give research scientists the data and bio-specimens needed to make strides in understanding, treating, and curing lymphatic diseases. Your participation is essential to the success of this effort!  


If you have not already registered, please click here or go to: to initiate the registration process.


For additional information or if you would like Registry flyers to distribute to patient support groups and/or treatment centers, contact LRF Programs Coordinator, Phyllis Fried.

Support and Awareness Matters
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Join us for Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases 2012
Register to walk with LRF at the 3rd annual Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases! Join a Team, become a Team Captain, register as an individual Walker, or support someone who is walking. 
Call for Sponsors
LRF invites you to an exciting and valuable opportunity to support the
Annual Walk for Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases 2012.
Contact Colleen McGuire
(516) 625-9675


Communication Matters 
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