The Lupus Clinical Investigators Network (LuCIN)
What is a LuCIN Center?
Lupus Therapeutics, the clinical research affiliate of the Lupus Research Alliance, oversees LuCIN, a novel network of leading mostly academic institutions in North America, to help progress clinical trials forward faster for sponsors/investigators and ensure individuals enrolled receive the best overall care and lead studies to achieve the best outcomes..
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LuCIN clinicians collaborate with our biopharmaceutical company partners to identify the most promising lupus treatments and conduct clinical trials to evaluate their safety and effectiveness. The investigators and other specialized personnel within LuCIN have deep expertise in planning and conducting clinical research into lupus diagnostics, monitoring, and treatment. LuCIN is supported by Lupus Therapeutics and the Lupus Research Alliance.
Through LuCIN, we seek to:
Improve patient access to promising new lupus therapies and diagnostics from our industry partners
Centralize expertise in lupus study design
Improve existing outcomes measures
Develop novel biomarkers
Archive clinical data and biospecimens to expand the scope of scientific inquiry
Help train and mentor new clinical research investigators
Combining LuCIN with Lupus Therapeutics’ full suite of resources and capabilities – including consultative and study start-up services –streamlines the research process, resulting in earlier trial fielding, expedited patient enrollment, and faster trial completion.
While clinical research organizations (CROs) generally reach out to community-based hospitals for access to their patient populations, Lupus Therapeutics developed this novel network of leading academic institutions to ensure all patients receive the best care. Lupus-focused academic centers contacted by CROs frequently refer them to Lupus Therapeutics because of our established contracts and ecosystem of relationships.