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Podcasts | Jul. 07, 2016

Lupus Nephritis Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Brad Rovin discusses how lupus nephritis is diagnosed and treated, and the special considerations women with lupus who wish to become pregnant need to consider.

Podcasts | Sep. 16, 2015

End-stage Renal Disease Incidence Among Newly Diagnosed Lupus Patients

Dr. Laura Plantinga of Emory University discusses data from a study of end-stage renal disease among newly diagnosed lupus patients.

Video | Aug. 28, 2015

Biomarkers for Pediatric Lupus Nephritis (NpSLE)

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an overview of here study on biomarkers for kidney disease in children and teens with lupus.

General News | Jun. 24, 2015

Dr. George C. Tsokos Receives Lupus Insight Prize at FOCIS 2015

Grant Project Aims to Improve Lupus Nephritis Treatment

Research News | Feb. 17, 2015

New Findings Give Hope for Better Testing for Severe Lupus Nephritis

Lupus-related kidney inflammation (lupus nephritis) is one of the most common and serious complications of lupus. However, a new study demonstrates that an understudied inflammation pathway in lupus may bring researchers closer to developing a novel blood-based test that could predict the progression of kidney failure.

Video | Dec. 18, 2014

Lupus Nephritis Trials Network Seeks Improvement in Clinical Outcomes

The Lupus Nephritis Trials Network (LNTN) is a worldwide organization that brings researchers together with the shared goal of improving outcomes for patients with lupus nephritis.

Video | Dec. 18, 2014

MicroRNA in Pediatric Lupus Nephritis

Dr. Stacy P. Ardoin's research will help determine whether levels of microRNA in the urine can indicate lupus nephritis-related disease activity and damage in the kidneys of children with lupus.

Research News | Oct. 20, 2014

Intensive Follow-Up Recommended for People Diagnosed with Lupus During Childhood

Adolescent-onset lupus has worse prognosis and increased risk of lupus-related kidney disease and death.

General News | Sep. 30, 2014

Foundation Announces Pediatric Lupus Research Grantee & LIFELINE Grant Program™ Recipients

The Lupus Foundation of America announced four grants that will allow lupus investigators to continue critical lupus research. Another grant will be used to develop a groundbreaking diagnostic tool for children with lupus-related kidney inflammation, or lupus nephritis.

Research News | May. 15, 2014

Foundation Issues Request for Applications to Advance Research in Pediatric Lupus Nephritis

The Lupus Foundation of America announced today that the Foundation is seeking grant applications to provide critical funding that will, for the first time, address an unmet need in pediatric lupus nephritis.

Blog | Apr. 04, 2014

Huffington Post: Nick Cannon on His Lupus Diagnosis

Nick Cannon speaks about his lupus diagnosis on Huffington Post Live. Watch now!

Blog | Mar. 06, 2014

Lupus in the Kidney: What are the risks and what can be done about it?

Lupus in the kidneys, also known as nephritis, can be difficult. Dr. Joan T. Merrill, Lupus Foundation of America's Medical Director, explains the risk for lupus in the kidneys, current treatment options, and hope for the future.

Research News | Aug. 15, 2013

Pilot Study Sheds Light on a Potential New Approach for Treating Lupus Nephritis

Lupus nephritis, which can damage and scar the kidneys, is one of the most common and serious complications of lupus. This new study suggests that with the right induction regimen, it may be possible to avoid maintenance (long-term) treatment with oral steroids.

Magazine | Jul. 01, 2013

Nick Cannon’s Fight Against Lupus

Nick Cannon is a successful entertainer, DJ, entrepreneur, husband, and father. He has always welcomed whatever challenges have come his way. But he wasn’t prepared for the biggest challenge he’d face.

Magazine | Mar. 01, 2013

When Lupus Targets the Kidneys

Making gains against lupus kidney disease

Research News | Oct. 16, 2012

Europeans at Decreased Risk of Lupus Nephritis

The researchers hoped to determine whether differences in genetic ancestry and/or specific genes contribute the decreased risk of developing lupus nephritis among individuals of European descent.

Research News | Jun. 21, 2012

Revision of Classification Criteria for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

The new SLICC classification rule is more clinically relevant, includes updates and more inclusive definitions of lupus-related variables, and improves upon the ACR classification criteria in several important ways.

Research News | Jun. 21, 2012

New American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Lupus Nephritis

To update the ACR guidelines for the management of lupus nephritis, a team of lupus experts from around the country collaborated with the ACR. The researchers utilized extensive literature searches and expert opinions to develop the updated guidelines.

Podcasts | May. 21, 2012

Organ Involvement in Lupus

Dr. Diane Kamen of the Medical University of South Carolina provides an overview of how lupus can affect the body's organs.

Research News | May. 16, 2012

Combinations of Biomarkers Indicate Lupus Nephritis Pathology

The use of lupus biomarkers, such as those present in the blood or urine, to help predict and/or manage lupus nephritis over time could be very useful. The results of this study highlight the potential feasibility of using lupus biomarkers to differentiate between acute and chronic kidney disease activity-related changes.

General News | Mar. 05, 2012

Actor, Comedian, and Musician Nick Cannon Diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis

During an appearance on Good Morning America, actor, comedian, and musician Nick Cannon announced that he has lupus nephritis.

General News | Feb. 16, 2012

“Royal Pains” Storyline Sheds Light on the Seriousness of Lupus

The character of Jack O'Malley on USA Network show, "Royal Pains," who was battling lupus, dies after experiencing serious health complications.

General News | Feb. 09, 2012

Latest “Royal Pains” Episode Highlights Lupus Nephritis

In an episode of the USA Network show, Royal Pains, the character of Jack O'Malley is not following his doctor’s directions for treatment of lupus nephritis.

Research News | Dec. 02, 2011

Blood Test May Indicate Lupus Nephritis Activity

The researchers hoped to learn about whether a protein in the blood called C4d could serve as an indicator of lupus nephritis activity in people with lupus.

Podcasts | Nov. 16, 2011

Developing Consensus Treatment Plans for Pediatric Lupus Nephritis

Dr. Emily von Scheven of the University of California at San Francisco discusses the development of consensus treatment plans for proliferative nephritis in juvenile systemic lupus.

Magazine | Nov. 01, 2011

Salt Wars

She may not be faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Jessica Goldman, 28, is quite the superhero.

Research News | Oct. 28, 2011

Genetic Profiling Can Predict Some Lupus Manifestations

The researchers hoped to learn about the relationship between the presence of specific lupus susceptibility genes and the development of specific disease manifestations.

Research News | Sep. 01, 2011

Comparison of Lupus Nephritis Classifications of Two International Organizations

The researchers aimed to determine the effects of the ISN-RPS re-classifications for lupus nephritis on patient outcomes.

Research News | Jul. 26, 2011

Do Current Standards for Determining Lupus Kidney Flares Need Revision?

Establishing agreement on what constitutes a flare of lupus kidney disease could help identify the true status of the kidney in people with lupus.

Research News | Apr. 08, 2011

Biomarkers Predict Success of Lupus Nephritis Drug Therapy

Since lupus nephritis can be severe and the therapy can be toxic, it is important to be able to predict which patients would most benefit from long-term treatment.

Research News | Mar. 04, 2011

Are MicroRNAs Novel Biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis?

The researchers hoped to learn whether people with lupus kidney involvement from different races shared the same set of microRNAs.

Research News | Mar. 04, 2011

New Blood Tests May Improve the Tracking of Lupus Kidney Disease in Children

Current treatments for lupus nephritis in children are toxic and sometimes ineffective. New tests for proteins that might be abnormal in lupus nephritis could help make the diagnosis earlier and might also point to new ways of treating the disease.

Video | Feb. 14, 2011

C4d as Markers of Lupus Nephritis

Dr. Amy Kao of the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute in Pittsburgh, discusses her research to evaluate the use of CD4 molecules on T-cells as a possible marker for diagnosing lupus nephritis and the potential benefits of a marker for this serious complication of lupus.

General News | Jan. 28, 2011

Lupus Foundation of America Expands Services with Launch of New Education Series

Program Provides Individuals the Opportunity to Learn from Leading Lupus Experts.

Research News | Jan. 07, 2011

CellCept® Is Superior to Azathioprine In Treatment of Lupus Nephritis

There are a number of treatments used for lupus nephritis, but none of them are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The researchers hoped to compare the efficacy and safety of MMF and azathioprine as maintenance therapy.

Research News | Oct. 06, 2010

Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Lupus Nephritis

The researchers hoped to determine the specific effects of active lupus-related kidney disease on pregnancy outcomes, as well as complications that might occur in the mothers or babies.

Research News | Jul. 20, 2010

Successful Phase III Trial of CellCept® for Lupus Nephritis

The researchers wanted to compare the effectiveness of mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) with that of azathioprine to prevent kidney flares after the initial treatment for nephritis was successful.

Research News | Jun. 01, 2010

Animal Study Sheds Light on Development of Lupus Nephritis

The researchers hoped to learn about the role of IFNs and macrophages (white blood cells) in the development of experimental lupus nephritis.

Research News | May. 01, 2010

Urine Protein Indicates Presence of Lupus Nephritis

The researchers hoped to find out if levels of a protein called TWEAK in samples of the urine or blood could be used to diagnose lupus nephritis.

Research News | Mar. 23, 2010

Urine May Help Track Kidney Disease and Predict Treatment Success in People With Lupus

The researchers hoped to learn whether mRNA in urine samples for the protein made by the FOXP3 gene could be related to lupus kidney disease activity or response to treatment.


Events

Jun. 14, 2016 6:30 pm | Baptist Health Resource Center

Miami/Dade Lupus Support Group (Doral)

Jun. 14, 2016 7:00 pm | Highland Regional Library

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Jacksonville)

Oct. 22, 2016 5:00 pm | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Miami

Join us at Marlins Park for 2016 Walk to End Lupus Now! Come and spend your afternoon at the ballpark while helping us raise awareness!

Mar. 03, 2016 7:00 pm | Teleconference

Lupus and the Kidneys: Ask the Experts

This educational teleconference will address complications, medical evaluation and treatment as it relates to kidney involvement in lupus.

Feb. 20, 2016 10:00 am | Nova Southeastern University

Living Well with Lupus Seminar Orlando

Please join us for our Living Well with Lupus Seminar in Orlando.

Jun. 05, 2016 4:00 pm—Jul. 05, 2016 12:00 am | Palm Beach Zoo

Walk to End Lupus Now Palm Beach Donation Deadline

Thank you Palm Beach for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until July 5 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

May. 21, 2016 3:00 pm—Jun. 21, 2016 6:30 pm | Lake Eola Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Orlando Donation Deadline

Thank you Orlando for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until June 21 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Mar. 13, 2016 4:00 pm—Apr. 13, 2016 6:30 pm | Riverside Arts Market

Walk to End Lupus Now Jacksonville Donation Deadline

Thank you Jacksonville for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until April 13 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Nov. 14, 2015 2:00 pm—Dec. 14, 2015 12:00 am | Wickham Park

Walk to End Lupus Now Central Florida Donation Deadline

Thank you for Melbourne for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until December 14 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Oct. 25, 2015 3:00 pm—Nov. 30, 2015 12:00 am | Marlins Park

Walk to End Lupus Now South Florida Fall Donation Deadline

Thank you for Miami for coming out to Walk to End Lupus Now. You have until November 30 to turn in your donations and help us reach our goal.

Nov. 15, 2014 10:30 am | Physicians Regional Medical Center, Palm Dining Room

Southwest Florida Lupus Support Group (Naples)

Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 pm | Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Sand Dollar Room

South Palm Beach Lupus Support Group (Boynton Beach)

Oct. 29, 2014 12:30 pm | Broward Health Coral Springs Hospital, Classroom C

West Broward Lupus Support Group (Coral Springs)

Nov. 12, 2014 7:00 pm | Memorial Regional Hospital South Conf. Room 4

East Broward Lupus Support Group (Hollywood)

Nov. 11, 2014 7:00 pm | Online

Viviendo con Lupus (Living with Lupus) Online Spanish Support Group

Nov. 10, 2014 6:00 pm | St Mary's Medical Center,Main Entrance Conference Room

North Palm Beach Lupus Support Group ( West Palm Beach)

Feb. 28, 2015 7:30 am | Mercato

Walk to End Lupus Now Southwest Florida

Join us for our third annual Southwest Florida Walk to end Lupus now in Naples. Lets rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

May. 02, 2015 4:00 pm | Palm Beach Zoo

Walk to End Lupus Now South Florida Spring

We are heading back to the Palm Beach Zoo for our South Florida Spring Walk to End Lupus Now! Please join us as we rally together to create awareness of lupus while raising funds to fight this terrible disease.

Oct. 18, 2014 10:00 am | Teleconference

Ask The Experts: Lupus and Disability

What you need to know to help with issues surrounding disability.

Oct. 29, 2016 9:00 am | Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley

16th Annual NC Lupus Summit

Patients, caregivers, and the medical community are invited to join us for a day devoted to those affected by lupus. The Annual NC Lupus Summit is the largest educational conference on lupus in the state and provides a variety of discussions led by physicians and other experts dedicated to solving the cruel mystery of lupus.

Oct. 30, 2016 7:00 am

25th Annual Lupus Loop 5K Run & 2.5 Mile Walk to End Lupus Now™

Help us solve the cruel mystery!

Mar. 03, 2016 7:00 pm

2016 Ask the Experts Teleconference: Lupus & the Kidneys

This educational teleconference will address complications, medical evaluation and treatment as it relates to kidney involvement in lupus.

Oct. 07, 2015

2015 Ask the Experts Teleconference: Lupus and the Kidneys (in English & Espanol)

Oct. 17, 2015 | Wichita

Lupus Conference

Nov. 01, 2014 10:00 am | Online

Online Living with Lupus Support Group

Nov. 12, 2014 6:30 pm | Clay County Library Orange Park Branch, Room A

North Florida Lupus Support Group (Orange Park)

Aug. 27, 2016 9:00 am | St. Louis, MO

Lupus Education Conference - Saint Louis

Register Today for the Annual Lupus Education Conference in St. Louis

Jun. 21, 2014 10:00 am | AB Technical Community College

Asheville Lupus Empowerment Seminar

This educational seminar will provide information on 2 different topics: Lupus and Nutrition and Lupus and the Kidneys.

Mar. 22, 2014—Sep. 06, 2014

2014 Lupus Empowerment Series

This eight-city series of educational seminars will provide individuals affected by lupus with methods for not only living, but also thriving. The seminars will provide information on two different topics and participants will learn from both subject matter experts and a panel of individuals living with lupus. Feel empowered to take charge of your health!