A clinical trial for people who have lupus with skin symptoms

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease which can affect a person’s skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs.

This study will test a potential medicine for people with systemic or cutaneous lupus who have skin symptoms that have not responded to standard treatments.

We will be looking at how the study medicine affects the skin in affected areas, and whether it improves skin symptoms (and other symptoms in people with systemic lupus).

Who may participate

By volunteering in clinical research, you can make a difference. Thank you for your interest in joining this study.

We are enrolling people aged 18 to 75 years who have lupus with skin symptoms that have not responded to standard treatments after 3 months.

If you choose to participate, you will review and sign the informed consent document and continue with the screening process to check that you meet the study requirements. If your diagnosis of lupus has not been confirmed before, we will take a sample of your skin to do this.


Systemic or cutaneous lupus erythematosus


Aged 18-75 years


Male or Female

Each clinical study has its own guidelines for who can participate, called eligibility criteria. However, only the research study staff can determine if you qualify to enroll in the study.

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What to expect

If you consent, you will go through screening assessments to make sure this study is right for you. If you have not previously had a skin biopsy to confirm your diagnosis, we will do this.

You will be assigned by chance, like pulling a number out of a hat, to receive the study medicine (2 in 3 chance) or a placebo (1 in 3 chance).

You and the study staff will not know which you are receiving. You will receive the study treatment every 4 weeks at Day 1, Week 4, and Week 8. After that, you will receive the study treatment every 8 weeks from Week 16 to Week 40. If you are receiving placebo and your symptoms do not improve, you will be given the active treatment from Week 16.

Skin biopsies will be taken at Day 1 and Week 12, with an optional biopsy at Week 32, to look at the effects on your skin.

Length of study treatment

40 weeks

Number of study visits

12 site visits and 4 phone calls

Long-term follow up

Up to 60 weeks

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