New Clinical Test to Predict Lupus Flares Moves Closer to the Market

Lupus Research Institute Investigator’s Innovative Discovery of a Simple Blood Test for Lupus Flares Now Licensed for Development

New York, NEW YORK—A discovery made by Lupus Research Institute-funded investigator Emily Baechler Gillespie, PhD, at the University of Minnesota has been licensed to a major clinical laboratory for development and could soon result in a test that quickly and easily enables patients and their physicians to determine when a lupus flare is imminent.

Such a test is critical because there currently is no way to predict when a person with systemic lupus is shifting from a cycle of remission, when the disease is relatively quiet, to a cycle of flare, when the disease is active and often very destructive. More than 1.5 million Americans and millions more worldwide suffer from the chronic and unpredictable autoimmune illness in which the body’s immune system attacks otherwise healthy tissues and organs such as the joints, skin, heart, and kidneys.