The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) obtained from an umbilical cord for the treatment of adults with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The primary goal is to determine if a single MSC infusion is safe and well-tolerated for patients with mild to moderately active SLE.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) obtained from umbilical cords for the treatment of adults with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The goal of this study is to determine if patients receiving an MSC infusion plus standard of care respond better than patients receiving a placebo infusion plus standard of care.
The objective of this study is to obtain viable mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from umbilical cords in uncomplicated pregnancies. Potential donors will be screened prior to donation of umbilical cords to confirm no prevalent autoimmune disease or other viruses and/or diseases. The overall goal is to obtain MSCs from healthy donors for eventual transfusion into patients for the treatment of autoimmune disease, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus.
The Department of Rheumatology is looking for adult volunteers to participate in a research study at the Medical University of South Caroline to help us investigate
the gender differences in immune responses to
bacteria in the stomach and intestines.
Participants will be asked to complete one to three 30 minute visits, answer questions about their medical history, and provide a blood sample at each visit.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus; SLE) and Systemic Sclerosis (scleroderma; SSc) are relatively rare rheumatic diseases that disproportionately impact the African American community, and particularly African American women. The causes of lupus and scleroderma are unknown, but thought to include both genetic and environmental factors. We are enrolling lupus and scleroderma patients, and healthy control subjects. This is not a drug study. The purpose of this study is to better understand the factors that predispose people to develop lupus and scleroderma. Information about medical, social and family history, medications, physical exam findings, and laboratory tests will be collected for analysis. This study will involve approximately 910 volunteers.