Lupus Trials News

The best and brightest are working toward finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for lupus. Read about how the most important influencers in the lupus community are effecting lupus research, along with other issues that matter most to you.

LuCIN Investigators Show that Stimulating the Vagus Nerve in Lupus Patients Decreases Pain and Fatigue

November 23, 2020 Up to 95% of lupus patients report pain and fatigue caused by the disease. To explore ways to fix this, a research team led by Dr. Cynthia Aranow at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research studied whether lessening inflammation in patients with lupus would also lessen pain and fatigue. In this study, […]

Promising New Lupus Treatments Highlighted ACR Annual Meeting

Results of clinical trials testing potential lupus treatments were highlighted at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting ACR Convergence 2020. These studies include phase I trials, which test for side effects and a safe dosage; larger phase II trials, which test for effectiveness and further gauge safety; and large phase III trials, which confirm […]

LRA Highlights Full Continuum of Lupus Research at ACR Convergence 2020

30+ presentations of studies funded by the Lupus Research Alliance on a variety of immune pathways Results from three clinical studies conducted in part by LRA-affiliate Lupus Therapeutics (LT) through its trials network 10 lupus presentations by the Accelerating Medicines Partnership Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) program (AMP RA/SLE) NEW YORK, NY, […]

Results of Two Voclosporin Trials Presented at Key Medical Meeting

October 22, 2020 Aurinia Pharmaceuticals announced that data taken from a combined analysis of two trials, AURA-LV and AURORA underscored the potential for voclosporin to offer a tool to treat lupus nephritis. Results from 534 patients from both trials was presented at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2020 meeting by Dr. Brad Rovin, […]

LRA-Supported Researcher Finds Similarity between COVID-19 and Lupus Flares

October 21, 2020 In a recent study published in Nature Immunology, LRA Lupus Insight Prize recipient Dr. Ignacio Sanz and colleagues found that the immune response in patients hospitalized with  severe COVID-19 was different from that in patients with mild disease, and that the immune response in severely ill COVID-19 patients was more like a lupus flare. They saw that among severely ill COVID-19 patients, some immune cells called B cells reproduced unchecked, and […]

Lupus Clinical Trials Redefined: You Make the Difference

Lupus Clinical Trials Redefined: You Make the Difference Lupus Clinical Trials Virtual Fair Open Through November 14, 2020 Visit Fair Lupus clinical trials are still underway despite COVID-19. Making the process safer and easier for patients has never been more important. What is a clinical trial exactly? Why should I get involved in a lupus clinical […]

LRA Applauds GSK on Positive Phase 3 Study of Benlysta® in Lupus Nephritis

September 16, 2020 NEW YORK, NY. The Lupus Research Alliance welcomes positive BLISS-LN Phase 3 data published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating that GSK’s drug Benlysta® (belimumab) significantly improved kidney function in adults with lupus nephritis, the most common severe complication of lupus causing inflammation and serious damage to the kidney. The […]

Lupus Therapeutics Collaborating with PPD to Accelerate Lupus Clinical Research

September 3, 2020 PPD, Inc. issued a press release  today announcing its collaboration with the Lupus Research Alliance affiliate Lupus Therapeutics to optimize lupus clinical research among its pharmaceutical and biotech clients. As a contract research organization, PPD helps its clients design and implement clinical trials. PPD expects to gain from Lupus Therapeutics’ deep clinical […]

23andMe Study Confirms Lupus Can Run in Families and Other New Insights

August 25, 2020 A study started four years ago and conducted by 23andMe provided many insights about lupus as a complex disease that is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. While the survey of nearly 6,000 participants did not find new genetic factors causing lupus as hoped, the study confirmed that lupus can run in […]

Study Suggests Older Lupus Patients May Stop Hydroxychloroquine Without Raising Risk for Flares

August 18, 2020 A newly published study conducted by many of the research investigators who receive grant support from the Lupus Research Alliance found that older people with lupus may be able to discontinue their use of hydroxychloroquine. Investigators conducted this study because prolonged use of the drug can cause side effects like blurred vision […]

2018 LRA Lupus Insight Prize Recipient Receives $15 M Grant from NIH to Study Lupus Effects on the Brain

July 27, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance congratulates 2018 Lupus Insight Prize recipient Betty Diamond, MD and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research on being awarded $15 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to study brain dysfunction linked to lupus. Dr. Diamond will use the five-year grant to study a receptor […]

New Data Showed Safety and Effectiveness of Benlysta for Kids

July 27, 2020 A new international study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that belimumab (Benlysta) was safe and effective when given intravenously to children. In this Phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded study, 93 patients 5-17 years of age received standard therapy plus either placebo or belimumab. As measured by commonly used tools, […]

LRA Statement: Potential Lupus Nephritis Drug Voclosporin Granted Priority Review by the U.S. FDA

NEW YORK, NY. July 22. The Lupus Research Alliance congratulates Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. on acceptance of its NDA filing and priority review designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its investigational drug voclosporin for lupus nephritis. A serious inflammation of the kidneys, lupus nephritis is one of the most common complications of systemic […]

Lupus Research Alliance Response to Janssen’s Ustekinumab Lupus Trial Discontinuation

June 26, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance is disappointed at news from Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson that it has decided to discontinue the Phase 3 LOTUS study of ustekinumab (Stelara®) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). A Phase 3 trial presents data the U.S. Food and Drug Administration uses to decide whether or […]

New Study Presents Strategies That Helped African-Americans Take Part In Lupus Trials

June 22, 2020 African-Americans are more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians, but less likely to take part in clinical trials of the disease. However, a new study showed that several simple steps, such as providing transportation and flexible scheduling, may allow more African-Americans to participate in trials. The study was conducted by top lupus […]

Promising News from Major Medical Meeting, EULAR

Updated June 5, 2020 One of the largest meetings for rheumatologists went virtual this year to enable scientists from around the world to share their latest findings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. EULAR, the e-Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, runs June 3 -6, and LRA is pleased to share promising results from clinical trials […]

Positive Data from Trial of Investigational Treatment KZR-616 for Lupus and Lupus Nephritis

June 3, 2020 Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. today announced updated results from the Phase 1b (Ph1b) portion of MISSION, a study testing the safety and tolerability of KZR-616 for people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and those who also have lupus nephritis. The drug showed effectiveness in improving seven measures of disease activity.  Both of […]

LRA Congratulates AstraZeneca on Positive Data on Anifrolumab Presented at Major Medical Meeting

June 3, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) is encouraged by positive data from two studies presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) virtual annual congress on the use of the investigational medication anifrolumab as a potential treatment for people with lupus. Anifrolumab is a novel drug that works by blocking a group of […]

Aurinia Completes NDA and Requests Priority Review of Voclosoporin by FDA for Lupus Nephritis

May 28, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to share that Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. FDA for voclosporin as a potential treatment for lupus nephritis with request for a priority review. Lupus nephritis is one of the most common complications of systemic lupus erythematosus, a serious […]

Lupus Research Alliance Encouraged by Lilly Looking at Potential Lupus Drug for COVID-19

April 23, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to share that Eli Lilly and Company entered into an agreement with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to test the safety and effectiveness of its drug baricitinib as a potential treatment for hospitalized patients with COVID-19. An oral JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor, baricitinib is […]

Research Shows Benefit to Starting Belimumab Sooner Rather Than Later

April 16, 2020 Treating people with lupus earlier with belimumab (Benlysta) may work better than as a last option according to a study just published in the well-respected journal Arthritis & Rheumatology  Researchers in Italy analyzed data from 466 people with lupus at 24 centers in Italy who were receiving belimumab intravenously.  They looked at […]

LRA Salutes RemeGen on FDA Fast-Track Designation for Potential Lupus Treatment

April 16, 2020 The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased to share news that promises to speed up testing and review of a potential new treatment for lupus.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted fast-track designation to RC18, in development by a company in China, RemeGen. The FDA defines fast track as “a process designed […]

Lupus Therapeutics, Affiliate of Lupus Research Alliance, Developing a Study Focused on Lupus Patients and COVID-19

  New York, NY, April 7, 2020 – Lupus Therapeutics, the clinical trial affiliate of the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA), announced today that it is embarking on a clinical study to assess the potential benefit of hydroxychloroquine and/or other lupus therapies in preventing or reducing the symptoms of COVID-19 in people with lupus. The study […]

Iguratimod as an Alternative Therapy for Resistant Lupus Nephritis

April 1, 2020 An investigational treatment, iguratimod showed positive results in an early clinical study of people with lupus nephritis that is refractory, meaning it has stubbornly resisted previous treatment with at least two immunosuppressants. Results were reported in Arthritis Research & Therapy. The small study included 14 patients with refractory lupus nephritis. Each were […]

Have You Thought About a Lupus Clinical Trial as a Treatment Option?

January 16, 2020 With so few current treatment options for lupus and lupus nephritis, patients may benefit from joining a clinical study. Right now, five national trials are testing interventions for lupus nephritis that you may be able to join. To learn more about these and over 150 other trials for lupus and its many […]

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