Selena Gomez donated to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine to kickstart the "Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research" that will initially support a pilot research program.
"I continue to be optimistic about the progress being made in lupus research and am proud to support the promising work at Keck School of Medicine. I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this," Gomez said in a statement.
The pilot research program, which will be led by Janos Peti-Peterdi, M.D., PhD, a professor of biophysics at the Keck School, and will focus on complications from the autoimmune disease.
“We are extremely pleased to partner with Selena in her efforts to promote awareness and medical research toward a much-needed cure for lupus,” Peti-Peterdi said. “Complications from systemic lupus cause serious damage, and we are hopeful that our research, with Selena’s support, will help those affected by this disease lead full, healthy lives.”
Gomez revealed in October 2015 that she was diagnosed with lupus and had undergone chemotherapy treatment. She canceled tour dates in 2013 to deal with complications from the disease, and last August, she opened up about her decision to take some time off to deal with the side effects of her lupus diagnosis, which includes "anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
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