The Study


What is our study about?

In our research labs we are currently working toward identifying inherited risk factors, or genes, that may contribute to the development of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or Lupus.

Who are we interested in?

We are interested in two types of lupus patients and their families.  1) lupus patients with multiple members of their family affected with lupus  2) lupus patients who are the only affected member of their family.

What do you have to do to participate in the study?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to sign a consent form and give a one time donation of 3-4 tablespoons of blood from a vein, at no cost to you.

Do you have to live in Los Angeles?

No, all of the materials for the study can be shipped to you and your family and you will be provided with a pre-paid Fed-Ex mailer to have the blood samples sent back to us at no charge to you.

Why do we want your family to participate?

We have family members participate in order to establish each individuals genotype, or inherited risk factors within the family, determined by their parents and shared with their siblings.  This helps us to understand possible familial origins of the disease.

How can you contact us?

To get more information about participating in the lupus genetic study please contact us either by e-mail or phone:

Erika Magdangal, study coordinator



Lupus Genetic Research

1000 Veteran Ave.

Rehab 32-59

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1670