Benefit from a Clinical Trial

Every vial in your medicine cabinet holds the stories of past volunteers — people who volunteered to participate in a clinical trial. Because of them, you have medications to relieve joint pain, ease a flare, even to prevent sunburn. 

But many more medications for lupus are needed, and more than 10 are in clinical trials now.

Trial participants are monitored closely, getting a high level of care. If you take part in what’s called an interventional trial — meaning that a potential new treatment is being tested — you may or may not be in the group receiving the new treatment. However, no one goes untreated and everyone receives the standard of care. Or you might take part in an observational study in which no new treatment is given and you help out in other ways. 

The key: get involved. New drugs can only be approved with participation by patients and families. Celebrate Lupus Research Awareness Month by saying YES to clinical trials!

Here is Dr. Richard Furie, Chief of Rheumatology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, to tell you about clinical trials and how you can make a difference.

What can you do to advance new drug development?


Find a trial that’s right for you at

Find answers to your questions about trials and search for those in your area that you might consider.


Donate to support LRI’s campaign to accelerate clinical trials for better and safer new treatments.

Contribute online by credit card or send a check to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation at 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Or text LUPUS to 50555 to make a $10.00 donation to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Your donation gets us closer to a World Without Lupus.