The Lupus Foundation of America

Advance the science and medicine of lupus to find a cure and improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

Fund drive: Support a major phase II clinical trial of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) for the treatment of moderate to severe lupus.
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Updates

Nov 9th, 2018

Clinical Study Evaluates Stem Cells as Potential Lupus Treatment

Our nearly decade-long commitment to stem cell research has led to a major phase II clinical trial of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) for the treatment of moderate to severe lupus.

The study is an early step in determining whether stem cell treatments holds promise as a safe and effective alternative for people with lupus who do not benefit from current treatments. The study also seeks to determine if MSC therapy could diminish the often-debilitating, long-term effects of lupus, reduce the need for medications like steroids – which have harmful side effects – and stop damage to vital organs.

The Foundation believes that identifying and funding clinical trials with potential for immediate impact on patients’ lives is critical.

In 2018, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded a five-year grant that will support the study by funding a data coordination center, site and safety monitoring, and mechanistic studies for the duration of the investigation. The NIH award demonstrates the growing trend and importance of public-private partnership between government, non-profit and research partners to advance research efforts into the causes of lupus and the discovery of new treatments. The Foundation also believes that identifying and funding clinical trials with potential for immediate impact on patients’ lives is critical, and we are considering several new trials to fund in the coming years.

Mission

Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America, also commonly known as LFA, is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.

We will greatly step up our fundraising efforts to ensure we reach our disease-specific goals:

  • Reduce Time to Diagnosis
  • Ensure people with lupus have an arsenal of safe and effective treatments
  • Expand direct services and increase access to treatment and care
  • The Lupus Foundation of America implements programs of research, education and advocacy in order to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

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2121 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037

EIN

43-1131436

NTEE Code

G89

WEBSITE

https://lupus.org

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