Recruiting lupus patients for clinical trial

Researchers at Emory University are recruiting patients for a phase III clinical trial (XSEL) for systemic lupus erythematosus. If you qualify for and participate in this study, you may receive the investigational medication or placebo (inactive) treatment.

Volunteers will immediately receive steroid injections and stop some of the medication that’s not currently working for them. When and if the improvement from the steroid injections wears off, patients and their doctors can choose any standard of care treatment and receive it immediately.

Who qualifies for this study?

You may qualify for this study if you:
• Are 18 to 65 years old
• Have been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — if you’re not sure if this is you, contact the study coordinator to find out if you qualify.
• Have active symptoms not fully controlled by your medications

The study doctor will evaluate additional information about you to see if you meet all of the criteria for participation in the study.

Emory Researchers

Arezou Khosroshahi, MD

Athan Tiliakos, MD

The study is led by Emory University School of Medicine faculty member Arezou Khosroshahi (Division of Rheumatology).

Athan Tiliakos, MD (Division of Rheumatology) is the sub-investigator on the trial.

More Information

For more information, please contact Hinel Patel:

Hinel Patel
Clinical Research Coordinator


Emory University Hospital
Clinically Integrated Network Unit
1364 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 3o322

More about Lupus

Lupus affects everyone differently, and the erratic nature of your symptoms can be frustrating. The disease most often affects the skin and joints, but it can potentially lead to inflammation in almost any organ in the body.

Because lupus flares and fades, often coupled with chronic pain and fatigue, individual symptoms are often similar to those of other diseases, and lupus takes an average of six years to fully diagnose. While lupus has no cure, some medications may help lessen the uncomfortable symptoms of lupus and can make flare-ups more manageable.

Nevertheless, the erratic coming and going of symptoms makes it difficult to plan for life and work. We need improved treatments for lupus.

About the Author

Emory Department of Medicine
Emory Department of Medicine
The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine's medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care. The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

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