Selena Gomez Donates Money to Lupus Research

Selena Gomez is giving back — for a very personal cause.

The star — who previously revealed that she was diagnosed with lupus — recently gifted the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine with a donation to kickstart the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, PEOPLE confirms.

“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,” said Gomez, 24, in a statement. “I am hopeful for the millions of us around the world that may benefit from this.”

The actress and singer’s fund will initially support a pilot research program focused on treating complications of the autoimmune disease led by Janos Peti-Peterdi, M.D., PhD, professor of physiology and biophysics at the Keck School of Medicine.

The research program will potentially lay the foundation for targeted therapeutic treatment breakthroughs, according to a press release.

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