Stem Cell Research
Can stem cell therapy treat lupus? We have funded 11 studies on stem cells that are laying the groundwork to answer that question.
Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising frontiers in lupus research today, especially for people whose lupus doesn’t respond to other treatments (called refractory lupus).
We were the first lupus organization in the U.S. to support stem cell research. Now, in partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, we have committed nearly $4 million over the next five years to co-fund a major study of mesenchymal (adult) stem cells as a new treatment for moderate to severe lupus.
This study is the first step in determining whether stem cell therapy is safe and effective for people with lupus who do not benefit from the currently available treatments. The study will determine whether therapy with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can:
- lessen the debilitating long-term effects of lupus
- reduce the need for medications like steroids, which have harmful side effects
- stop damage to vital organs
In 2018, the Lupus Foundation of America agreed to provide $3.8 million to support a Phase II clinical study of stem cells as a potential new therapy for lupus. Watch the video to learn more.