Lupus Research Alliance News
Low-Dose Interleukin-2 Might be Effective for Lupus

September 24, 2019 Interleukin-2 at a low-dose may be effective in treating lupus, according to newly published results of a double-blind and placebo-controlled clinical trial. In this trial, 60 patients received either Interleukin-2 at a low dose of 1 million IU or placebo along with standard treatment for 12 weeks.  The primary endpoint – the […] READ MORE

Lupus Study Showed Vitamin D Did Not Improve Bone Health

September 19, 2019 A small clinical trial published in Lupus Science & Medicine found that taking vitamin D supplements did not improve bone health for people with lupus. Conducted by several lupus experts throughout the U.S., the study looked at the effect of vitamin D supplements on changes in bone turnover markers that indicate changes […] READ MORE

FDA Expedites Existing Drug Gazyva for Lupus Nephritis

September 18, 2019 The LRA is pleased to share that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to obinutuzumab (Gazyva®) for adults with lupus nephritis – the most common complication of lupus.  The FDA’s designation aims to  speed up  the development and review of drugs intended to treat a serious condition […] READ MORE

Treat-to-Target is Feasible and Beneficial in Lupus

September 19, 2019 Treating patients with lupus until they reach specific health goals can reduce disease flares and prevent organ damage, according to a research team co-led by Professor Eric F. Morand, at Monash University in Australia and past recipient of the Distinguished Innovator Award from the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA). This study is important […] READ MORE

Cell “Door” May Open Body up to Inflammation in Lupus

A new study partly funded by the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) may help explain how the immune system attacks patients’ DNA in lupus.  Together with the laboratory of Dr. David Raulet at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Joshua Woodward of the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues discovered a protein door in […] READ MORE

Breakthrough in MS Sheds Light on All Autoimmune Disease, Including Lupus

September 5, 2019 Lupus Research Alliance Research Committee member, Dr. Mark Davis (Stanford University), recently published an important paper in the highly prestigious journal Nature that may transform how scientists view autoimmune diseases, including lupus. Dr. Davis and his team studied a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune […] READ MORE

New York Jets Kick Off 2019 Season with a Blitz Attack on Lupus

August 26, 2019 The Lupus Research Alliance was proud to help launch the upcoming season at the New York Jets 20th Annual Kickoff Luncheon. The event also generated enthusiasm for the many worthwhile causes supported by the Jets team throughout the year. With the help of nearly 800 avid fans in attendance, the luncheon raised over $750,000 […] READ MORE

New Study Shows Benlysta Alters B Cells in People with Lupus

August 21, 2019 Newly published research found that belimumab (Benlysta®) effectively reduced the number of B cells, a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies.  According to the prescribing information, belimumab is “a B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS)-specific inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients aged 5 years and older with active, autoantibody positive, systemic lupus […] READ MORE

Scientist Collaborates with Exagen to Further LRA-Supported Research

August 21, 2019 Critical research supported by the Lupus Research Alliance has led to an exciting research collaboration between the funded scientist Dr. Christian Lood, University of Washington where he is an Assistant Professor, and the company Exagen Inc.. Dr. Lood’s Novel Research Grant from the LRA focuses on one of our main immune cells, […] READ MORE

Study Shows Need for Greater Awareness of Biologics for Lupus

August 19, 2019 A new study led by Dr. S. Sam Lim of Emory University found a need for more awareness of biologic therapies among both black and white people with lupus.  Biologics are medicines that come from living cells to prevent, treat and cure human diseases, and are designed to have specific effects on […] READ MORE

Take the Right Shots for Lupus!

August 15, 2019 While August is when we savor the last weeks of summer, it is also the time to look ahead and prepare for fall.  In recognition of National Immunization Month, our Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Teodora Staeva provides background on vaccines and relays government recommendations for which are safe for people with lupus. […] READ MORE

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