Our Research Grants

The goal of our lipedema research grants and program is to support science that comprehensively studies the microenvironment in which lipedema forms and persists. Better understanding the status of fat tissue residents and how they interact with one another will shed light on what causes and drives lipedema. View the Grantees by Institution or By Name and Geography.

Click on the image below to find out about the residents and the labs studying their role in lipedema.

Alongside our basic research program, we also support patient-centered research that involves identification of genetic drivers of disease, development of biomarkers and diagnostic tools, as well as efforts to capture and track the impact of lipedema on affected individuals.

You may also view the Grantees by Institution or By Name and Geography. We accept grant applications from around the world and have funded teams in or from US, UK, German, French, Switzerland, Belgium, and Australia. We have reviewed applications from those countries as well as Israel, China, Poland, South Africa, India, and Denmark.

Grantees listed by year and project title are below: 


$1.5M Treatment, Research and Education of Adipose Tissue (TREAT) Program

Genetic Analysis of Lipoedema

4 Fellowships: 

Mechanisms of Impaired Lymphatic Function in Mice with Increased Adiposity

Functional Imaging of Sodium and Lymphatics in Women with Lipedema

Communication Between Adipose and Lymphatic Microvascular Endothelial Cells

Novel Metabolite-based Treatment Approach of Lymphedema; Possible Relevance for Lipedema?


Understanding Notch Signaling and Lymphatic Dysfunction in Lipedema


Genetic Risk Factors and Corresponding Mechanisms Underlying Lipedema

Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Adipose Stem Cells from Lipedema Patients, and their Role in the Manifestation of Disease in vivo

VEGF-D Induced Lymphangiogenesis; a Novel Approach to Tackle Dysfunctional Adipose Tissue in Lipedema

Identification of Alterations of the Lymphatic and Immune Systems in Lipedema for Use in Diagnosis and Staging

Utilizing Molecular Tissue Profiles and Lymphatic Clearance to Improve Clinical Discriminatory Capacity in Patients with Lipedem 

A Mouse Model of Lipedema, Lower Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Specific Estrogen Receptor KO

Unraveling Lipedema Pathophysiology

VIPAR - A Novel Potential Diagnostic Approach for 3D Histopathology of Lipedematous Skin Based on Light-sheet Imaging and Automated Data Extraction

An In-depth Analysis of Hyaluronan in the Extracellular Matrix of Adipose Tissue in Lipedema

Investigating the Genetic and Developmental Basis of Lipoedema  

Phenotypic Analysis of Adipose Tissue

Highly Parallel Genome-wide Expression Profiling of Lipedema Tissue on a Single Cell Level using Nanoliter Droplets

Characterization of Lymphatic Function and Adipose Deposition in Early Lipedema

Microenvironmental Cues in Lipedema; Identifying Biomarkers and Exploring Adipose-Macrophage-Lymphatic Endothelium Cross-talk

Activating Calcium Channels to Improve Lymphatic Function in vivo, Using Nanotechnology as a Therapeutic to Ameliorate Local Adipose Deposition

Chromosome 7q11.23 deletion (Williams Beuren syndrome) as a model for revealing genetic contributions to lipedema