Thoughts from Tharan: Is Spring here? In due time, just like other things!

I find myself at times wanting it to be Spring. Do you? When you live in Minnesota who wouldn’t, right? When I see the sun peeking out over the cloud-laden skies in March, it’s almost as if Spring and Summer are teasing you. And yet I know there are many individuals who love winter and all the activities it has to offer from cross country skiing to snowmobiling. Many who are likely sad to see winter leave … including my son who can’t get enough ice fishing time!

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Lupus Link Minnesota awards lupus research grants to University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic

The Lupus Link Minnesota Board of Directors announces grants to fund lupus research at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. As an independent nonprofit organization, Lupus Link Minnesota funds research and researchers to find a cure and more effective treatments for people living with lupus. 

A total of $70,000 has been awarded to projects by two Minnesota-based researchers in order to pursue these efforts. Those scientists and their projects are described below:

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Linked via the Board: Conversations about lupus

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” 
― Brené Brown

I’m a very data-driven person. I love numbers, charts, Excel spreadsheets, and cool data visualizations. Having spent 17 years of my life engaged in lupus research, I’ve given many talks about lupus over the years. Most of these talks were vehicles for sharing data. My PowerPoint slides would be filled with tables, charts, figures, and whatever fancy, new-fangled, hyper-colored method I was using at the time to try to display my latest complex dataset. Swimming in the depths of numbers and data patterns is my idea of professional bliss.

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