Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) also known as lupus is a complex autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks itself instead of external pathogens that can cause disease like bacteria or viruses. The large majority of SLE patients are women. The purpose of this study is to better understand how SLE affects overall patient health in women and expression of genes linked to the development of SLE. Part of this study involves collection of a blood sample at a single visit to test expression of genes linked to SLE. This study will compare demographic and clinical characteristics and genetic differences among women with SLE from three racial/ethnic groups. Better understanding of racial/ethnic differences in health and genetic expression of SLE could help reduce poor disease outcomes such as kidney or heart disease. Results will help us learn more about differences in SLE health across different racial/ethnic backgrounds and will guide medical care.
To address the health disparities in SLE outcomes for minorities, targeted intervention will be used to address the common barriers to care among patients; a comprehensive patient navigator approach will be utilized based on evidence from prior studies is the purpose of this research. The navigator services most commonly provided include facilitation/coordination of care, practical support, including scheduling transportation and referrals to financial assistance programs, appointment scheduling and reminders, education and psycho-social support. The most effective patient navigators address both health system and patient barriers. Participation in the study will take 5 visits over a period of 12 months.
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the value of educational information given on an iPad about the risks and benefits of lupus medications. The information is intended to encourage conversations between the patient and doctor about lupus treatments. This research will test the feasibility and effectiveness of using the iPad in lupus clinics nationwide. Participants will be given information about lupus treatments on an iPad during the clinic visit before seeing their doctor and will be interviewed about the feasibility of using the iPad during a regular clinic visit.
The purpose of this study is to see if a new medicine named BMS- 986165 will treat kidney inflammation caused by lupus (lupus nephritis). This study is a clinical trial—which is how new medicines are studied before they are approved by the FDA. This particular drug targets the JAK/STAT pathway to reduce autoimmunity and inflammation.
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, 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 (for example 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.
The purpose of this study is to better understand how microorganisms move through the walls of the intestine and cause a response by the immune system, and how these differences affect lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or SLE). The study involves a single visit where blood and saliva samples will be collected, and you will be sent home with a gut permeability test (which involves drinking a liquid and collecting urine samples) and a stool sample collection test that you will collect and mail in yourself.
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 males and females of all ethnic backgrounds who have SLE, individuals who have immediate family members with SLE, and unrelated healthy volunteers. For 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.
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.
This double-blinded placebo-controlled research study is being done to test the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of the experimental drug JBT-101 in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We will see if JBT-101 taken by mouth stops inflammation and how well JBT-101 is tolerated. The study will evaluate whether JBT-101 will decrease the pain associated with active arthritis or tendonitis in SLE subjects. JBT-101 is manufactured entirely from chemicals and its structure is similar to the end product of a chemical in marijuana. This drug was designed to have the known anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana without the effects on brain function and mood.
The primary objective of the trial is to assess the ability of hydroxychloroquine to prevent the development of SLE in persons at risk for the disease. Subjects will be assigned to one of two groups: one with receive oral hydroxychloroquine, and one will receive oral placebo. The study lasts for about two years, with visits being once every 3 months, for a total of 12 visits. Two of those visits will be with an ophthalmologist to monitor eye health. At each visit, the study team will monitor your symptoms and health.
This study is a one-time visit for newly diagnosed lupus patients and healthy control subjects. Volunteers will be asked to answer questions about their medical, social, and diet history. Participants will also have blood, urine, and stool samples collected for testing. The purpose of this study is to understand what role organisms in the human gut and environmental exposures have on the development of autoimmune disease. This is not a drug study.