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Clinical trials help to answer the question, “Will this drug help people and be safe to take?”

They are critical in the search for a better life for people with lupus.

At any given time, there are thousands of clinical trials going on. And finally, there are increasing numbers of lupus clinical trials—and more than 20 of them are in the Midwest.

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Clinical trial results are reported in medical journals on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s vast database of biomedical articles (PubMed). Some interesting ones from recent months include:

Successful treatment of shrinking lung syndrome with rituximab in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.
J Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Mar;16(2):68-70.

Re-evaluation of biologic therapies in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2010 Feb 19.

High dose cyclophosphamide versus monthly intravenous cyclophosphamide for systemic lupus erythematosus.
Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Jan 29.

Cyclophosphamide and Lupus Nephritis: When, How, For How Long?
Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2010 Jan 28

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Clinical Trials Near You that NEED YOU

Updated March 2010

Laquinimod Study in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Patients With Active Lupus Nephritis
Laquinimod is a novel immunomodulating drug which is currently in advanced stages of development by Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for the illness, multiple sclerosis. The current lupus study aims to evaluate the safety and clinical effect of daily oral treatment with the drug in capsule form in people with active lupus nephritis. The Phase II multicenter, randomized and placebo-controlled study is slated to begin in June 2010 and end in March 2010.

A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Rontalizumab in Patients With Moderately to Severely Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (ROSE)
This Phase II, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study sponsored by Genentech aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of rontalizumab compared with placebo in people with moderately to severely active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The study will enroll approximately 210 patients at up to 100 sites in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Genetic Study of Lupus Patients and Their Families
Little is known about the genetic factors that predispose people to developing SLE. Genes in patients with SLE may provide clues about SLE's pathogenesis. This study will compare genes from SLE patients, their unaffected family members, and control participants. Travel to the study site is not required. In this study, blood samples will be collected from people diagnosed with SLE, their unaffected family members, and condition-matched controls. Participants will be asked questions about their health and will provide a small blood sample. Participants will also be asked to provide written permission for release of medical information, so that their disease status can be verified through medical record review or through consultation with their doctors. Study personnel may contact participants in the future for follow-up questions and additional blood draws, if the participant agrees.

Rituximab in Progressive IgA Nephropathy
Recent clinical success in the use of Rituximab in the treatment of Lupus nephritis and other forms immune complex glomerulonephritis has led to its investigation in the treatment of IgA nephropathy. Because IgA class antibodies have comparatively short half-lives and that deposition of polymeric forms of IgA contributes to glomerular injury, we speculate that the reduction of circulating IgA may reduce proteinuria and injury in patients with IgA nephropathy. Moreover, the absence of prospective trials in the treatment of IgA disease and the lack of consensus for long-term treatment, the superior side-effect profile of this form of therapy may lead to significant advances in the treatment of this prevalent from of glomerulonephritis.

A Study to Evaluate the Safety and Tolerability of Multiple Intravenous Doses of MEDI 545 in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
To evaluate the safety and tolerability of multiple IV doses of the MEDIMUNNE antibody in adult patients with SLE.

A Study to Evaluate Ocrelizumab in Patients With Nephritis Due to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (BELONG)
This is a Phase III, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre, parallel-group study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ocrelizumab added to SOC (corticosteroid plus one of two immunosuppressant regimens) compared with placebo added to SOC in patients with WHO or ISN Class III or IV lupus nephritis.

Estrogen and Gender Biased Autoimmunity
This study involves research to investigate how estrogen affects women of childbearing age and its correlation to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The findings from this study might help determine how body cells, called T Cells, react to estrogen. The study will seek to determine if cells from women with Lupus, react differently from cells in persons without Lupus. We will attempt to identify genetic factors that determine the effects of estrogen on Lupus cells.

Cyclophosphamide and rATG/Rituximab in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
This study is designed to examine whether treating patients with lupus with high dose cyclophosphamide together with rATG/rituximab (drugs which reduce the function of the immune system), followed by return of their previously collected stem cells will result in improvement in the disease. Stem cells are undeveloped cells that have the capacity to grow into mature blood cells, which normally circulate in the blood stream. The purpose of the intense chemotherapy is to destroy the cells in the immune system which may be causing this disease. The purpose of the stem cell infusion is to produce a normal immune system that will no longer attack body. The study purpose is to examine whether this treatment will result in improvement in the lupus disease.

Abatacept and Cyclophosphamide Combination Therapy for Lupus Nephritis (ACCESS)
This study is for people with lupus who have developed complications in their kidneys, or lupus nephritis. The study will determine whether adding the experimental medication abatacept to standard cyclophosphamide therapy is more effective in improving lupus nephritis than standard cyclophosphamide therapy by itself.

New Drug That May Protect Function of Reproductive Organs in Girls Receiving Cyclophosphamide for Lupus
The purpose of this study is to test the safety of triptorelin when used for the protection of the ovaries (pair of female reproductive organs) during cyclophosphamide therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; lupus) and to see what effects (good or bad) it has on you. The study will be done with female patients who have been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, are younger than 21 years of age, and require intravenous cyclophosphamide to control the disease. Each patient will be in the study for approximately 23 months, until 4 months after your intravenous cyclophosphamide treatment has been completed.

Health-Related Quality of Life Measure in Pediatric Lupus
Earlier studies have shown that SLE significantly impacts QOL in adults. At present, there is no disease-specific instrument for measuring HRQOL in children with SLE. In response to these concerns, we developed the "Simple Measure of Impact of Lupus Erythematosus in Youngsters© (SMILEY©).

Predictors of Pregnancy Outcome in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) (PROMISSE)
The PROMISSE Study is a prospective observational study that will follow 700 pregnant patients who will be grouped and analyzed according to the presence or absence of aPL antibodies and preexisting SLE. The patients are followed regularly during the course of the pregnancy, collecting medical and obstetrical information as well as serial blood specimens for complement and cytokine assays. The data obtained will be analyzed and used to identify mechanisms and predictors of poor fetal outcome. We expect that the insights provided through this study will suggest means to prevent, arrest or modify these conditions.

Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
This trial is designed to evaluate the safety of treating systemic lupus erythematosus participants with cyclophosphamide and CAMPATH-1H followed by allogeneic stem cell transplant. There will be no randomization in this study. All subjects who are determined to be eligible for the study treatment will receive cyclophosphamide and CAMPATH-1H followed by allogeneic stem cell transplant. The purpose of the intense chemotherapy is to destroy the cells in the immune system which may be causing this disease. The purpose of the stem cell infusion is to produce a normal immune system that will no longer attack body. The study purpose is to examine whether this treatment will result in improvement in the lupus disease.

Triptorelin for Ovary Protection in Childhood Onset Lupus
The purpose of this study is to test the safety of triptorelin when used for the protection of the ovaries (pair of female reproductive organs) during cyclophosphamide therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; lupus) and to see what effects (good or bad) it has on patients. The study will be done with female patients who have been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, are younger than 21 years of age, and require intravenous cyclophosphamide to control the disease. Each patient will be in the study for approximately 23 months, until 4 months after the intravenous cyclophosphamide treatment has been completed.

Atacicept Phase II/III in Generalized Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (April SLE)
This study is intended to evaluate the use of atacicept compared to placebo in reducing the number of flares for people with SLE. The study is randomized and is designed to find the most effective dose of atacicept. Study medication is administered via subcutaneous (under the skin) injections, beginning with twice weekly injections for the first 4 weeks, followed by weekly doses for one year. Follow-up will continue for an additional 24 weeks.

Immunogenicity and Safety of HPV Vaccine Gardasil in Young Women
Female patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been found have higher rates of persistent HPV infections and precancerous lesions compared to the healthy population. The HPV vaccine Gardasil has been found to be safe and efficacious in females aged 9 to 26 years. There are no data on the immunogenicity and safety of Gardasil in females with SLE. Immune dysfunction related to SLE itself and the immunosuppression secondary to treatment of SLE might prevent patients with SLE from developing an adequate immune response to the vaccine. Also, theoretically, the vaccine might induce a disease exacerbation or production of new autoantibodies. The purpose of this study is to evaluate immunogenicity and safety of Gardasil and its effects on autoantibody profile in female SLE patients aged 9-26 years.

Genetic Risk Factors Associated With Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, which are proteins in the blood that interfere with the body's ability to perform normal blood clotting. Clinical problems associated with antiphospholipid antibodies include an increased risk for the formation of blood clots in the lungs or deep veins of the legs, stroke, heart attack, and recurrent miscarriages. It is possible that some people with APS have a genetic predisposition for developing the syndrome. This study will use a genetic strategy to identify potential inherited risk factors for the development of APS by recruiting people with APS who have family members also affected by the syndrome or by another autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Support in Vasculitis
In spite of modern therapeutic immune suppressive agents, there remains a not inconsequential morbidity and mortality associated with systemic necrotizing vasculitis (SNV). The current standard therapy for SNV is chronic oral cyclophosphamide (1-3 mg/kg/day) and corticosteroids (3-6). Transplant doses of cyclophosphamide at 200 mg/kg infused over 4 days is the most common worldwide transplant regimen for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (7). Like SLE, SNV are cyclophosphamide responsive disease. We, therefore, propose a trial of high dose cyclophosphamide with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) for patients with SNV.

Efficacy and Safety Study of Abatacept to Treat Lupus Nephritis
The purpose of this clinical research study is to learn if abatacept treatment of patients with active lupus nephritis who are also taking mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and steroids as part of this study will control the nephritis despite a protocol-defined steroid taper; the endpoint is a "complete renal response", a composite including normalization of renal function (or stable normal function if function was normal at study entry) plus disappearance of protein and cells/casts from the urinary sediment. The safety of this treatment will also be studied

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Prevention
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of DHEA on endothelial dysfunction in patients with systemic lupus by measuring:

  1. changes in brachial artery flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) and
  2. changes in biomarkers of cardiovascular risk. Patients will be enrolled in a randomized, double-blinded crossover trial of DHEA or placebo for ten weeks, then crossed over to the alternate treatment arm after a six-week washout period.

HYPOTHESIS: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) administration in premenopausal women with SLE modifies cardiovascular risk by improving vascular endothelial function and other biomarkers associated with cardiovascular heart disease.

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Perfusion, and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Neuropsychiatric Lupus
The purpose of this study is to determine if three functional MR brain imaging techniques: MRS, MR perfusion, and DTI can detect brain alterations distinctive for neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Safety Study of AMG 811 in Subjects With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus With and Without Glomerulonephritis
This is a 2-part, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multiple dose escalation study, enrolling approximately 40 subjects. Part A of the study will enroll subjects with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) without Glomerulonephritis (GN) into 3 cohorts. Part B of the study will enroll SLE subjects with GN into 2 cohorts. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the multiple dose of AMG 811 on safety. Tolerability and pharmacokinetics.

 

This information does not represent an LRI Chicago endorsement of any listed study. It is merely a notice that the study is available. If you are presently under the care of a physician for lupus or other conditions, you should not disrupt your current program without discussing it with your doctor(s). Do not contact LRI Chicago for information on these studies. Only contact the listed numbers. LRI Chicago does not have any jurisdiction over or further involvement with these studies, other than to make people aware that they are being conducted.

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