Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) is a chronic autoimmune disease, characterized by dysregulation of immune cells in the blood and subsequent fibrosis and vascular dysfunction, associated with significant mortality and morbidity, disproportionately affecting women and African Americans, and without satisfactory treatments. Monocytes, a type of blood immune cells, are critically involved, but the mechanisms responsible for their deregulation in scleroderma remain largely unknown. The goal of this project is to understand how the regulation of monocytes differs between scleroderma and healthy individuals. Volunteers will be asked to provide a blood sample, for which modest compensation will be provided. This is not a drug study.
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of lenabasum compared to placebo in participants with dermatomyositis (DM), and to evaluate the safety and tolerability of lenabasum in participants with Dermatomyositis (DM).
Autoimmune diseases such as DN result from the immune system becoming over-active and attacking parts of the body. This over-active immune response also causes chronic inflammation. The growth of scar tissue in muscle, skin and internal organs with chronic inflammation from DM makes them not work as well as they should. Lenabasum may help the body stop the chronic inflammation and stop scarring fro getting worse without preventing the normal response of the immune system.
Lenabasum is an investigational drug that will be taken orally twice a day. It will take about one year to complete this research study. During this time, participants will make a total of 12 study visits.
The goal of this study is to develop an early systemic sclerosis (SSc) registry in the United States (US). A registry is a group of patients that are observed over time. This is a non-interventional study, meaning that they are no study specific medications to take or procedures to undergo. The specific aims include ongoing assessment of the natural history of early SSc patients by capturing and analyzing clinical data, patient reported outcomes, and laboratory data. This is a multi-center study with sites spread across the U.S. This study is funded by the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
The purpose of this research study is to measure how well and how safe BMS-986165 is in treating patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and to determine the optimal dose level.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system not only attacks bacteria and viruses but also attacks your healthy cells and organs, affecting many parts of the body. Lupus can cause fever, joint pain, rash (redness of the skin), sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, as well as other symptoms, and may lead to inflammation and organ damage.
Current treatments for Lupus are mainly drugs that suppress the immune system such as cortisone-like drugs (such as prednisone) and cyclophosphamide (a potent drug sometimes used in treating certain types of cancer), and drugs commonly used to treat or prevent malaria (called antimalarials) such as hydroxychloroquine. Many of these treatments may have serious side effects if used for a long time.
Therefore, there is a need for new and effective treatments for Lupus.
Candidates for this study may or may not report disturbances in odor perception as their primary reason for seeking treatment at MUSC. This study is designed to collect long term, observational data from patients who are being treated with routine clinical care in health clinics at MUSC. Data from clinical questionnaires will be de-identified and stored in a database.
The goal of this study is to learn more about lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; SLE), which affect African-Americans more than other groups. The purpose of this study is to understand what role microbes living in the intestine (called microbiota) have in causing lupus. This study will include African-Americans who have SLE, individuals who have immediate family members with SLE and unrelated healthy volunteers. For study subject recruitment, CCCR/MCRC databases including the longitudinal SLE in Gullah Health (SLEIGH) study as well as the chart review will be used to screen for eligibility. The study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
SSc, which also can be called scleroderma, is a rare autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases such as SSc make your immune system over-active which causes chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation leads to scar tissue, or fibrosis, of the skin and some internal organs.
The skin and involved internal organs with chronic inflammation from SSc become scarred over time, which makes them not work as well as they should. Lenabasum may help stop chronic inflammation, and stop scarring from getting worse without lowering the immune system.
This study is currently enrolling subjects who have scleroderma and are 18 years or older. Participation in the study will require you to complete 13 scheduled visits over the course of one year. After the completion of each visit, subjects will be compensated.
This study will assess how 18 months of oral mycophenolate will compare to 18 months of mycophenolate plus pirfenidone, in the treatment of Systemic Sclerosis related Interstitial Lung Disease. Tolerability and toxicity will also be assessed, during this study.
This research is designed to test whether combining pirfenidone and mycophenolate will result in a more rapid and possibly greater improvement in lung function than occurs when mycophenolate is used alone. While both of these drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat other medical conditions, neither drug has been FDA-approved for the treatment of scleroderma related lung disease. This research is being funded by the drug company, Genentech.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by dysregulated immune responses and subsequent production of autoantibodies. In recent years, data suggests that changes in certain kinds of immune cells, dendritic cells, affect development of lupus.
Often considered as related diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic sclerosis (SSc) are severe autoimmune disorders characterized, among other, by dysregulation of immune cells in the blood. The roles of different immune cells in SLE and SSc remain unclear. It is of increasing importance to characterize specific immune cells and define their impact on autoimmune disease, which may lead to new therapies. The goal of this study is to identify blood immune cells associated with SLE and SSc.