Lupus Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are important in the search for a cure for lupus. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials in lupus, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation recommends the following web sites that can help you find information about clinical trials, sponsored by the government, academia, and industry throughout the country.
Instructions: On the ClinicalTrials home page you will see a search box under the heading "Search Clinical Trials." In that search box, type in "lupus," then click "search." The next page will be a series of current trials. To read more about a specific trial, just click on the title of it, which is hyper-linked in blue. You will find information about the purpose of the trial, who is eligible, trial locations, and contact information.
Instructions: On the CenterWatch home page inside the blue box on the left hand side of the screen titled "Patient and General Resources," click on the icon that says "Trial Listings." On the next page, there is a clinical trial list alphabetized by medical area; click on "Rheumatology." This next page has all the clinical trials being conducted in rheumatology. They are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll down to L for lupus and click on it. Following is a list of clinical trials being done on lupus all across the nation. Click on any one of them to learn about the purpose of the trial, who is eligible, and contact information.
Instructions: On the Veritas Medicine home page you will see a box on the right hand side of the screen called "Find Clinical Trials & Disease Information." Scroll down to lupus and then click "GO." The next page allows you to forward your personal information in order to be considered for a clinical trial. In addition, by clicking the “Personal Trial Notification” link, you can choose to receive email alerts when new clinical trials match your medical and geographic search criteria.
The official website for the new clinical trials campaign "Lupus Together: For Clinical Trials Today." To spread awareness of the existence and promise of clinical trials, visitors to LupusTrials.org will not only learn about the clinical trial process but can read first-hand accounts of others who have participated in trials and get strategies for locating a trial that is taking place close to them. The patient-friendly site is part of a year-long national initiative to educate the more than 1.5 million Americans with lupus—a chronic autoimmune disease for which there is no known cause, few medicines, and no cure—about the importance of participating in lupus clinical trials, and how to go about enrolling in one. The timing is critical, as promising new research findings spur drug developers to contemplate clinical research in lupus for the first time in decades. However, without enough study volunteers, trials cannot successfully determine the effectiveness of a treatment. This may discourage companies from exploring new drugs for lupus in the future.
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