NIAID Clinical Trials Seek People With Lupus
In people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake and often causes damage to joints, skin, blood vessels, and organs. Anyone can get lupus, but women are most at risk. Lupus is also more common in African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women. The cause of lupus is not known.
Although researchers have made considerable progress in understanding autoimmune diseases, much remains to be learned. Research teams across the United States are currently seeking people with lupus to volunteer for NIAID-sponsored clinical research studies.