"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," Gomez said in a statement. "I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this."
Gomez's fund will support a program headed by Janos Peti-Peterdi, MD, PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics at USC. According to People, Gomez hopes that the research will lay the groundwork for "targeted therapeutic treatment breakthroughs."
"We are extremely pleased to partner with Selena in her efforts to promote awareness and medical research toward a much-needed cure for lupus," Dr. Peti-Peterdi said in a statement. "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."