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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Gullah Health (SLEIGH)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2016 by Diane Kamen, Medical University of South Carolina
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Diane Kamen, Medical University of South Carolina Identifier:
First received: September 18, 2008
Last updated: August 14, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a severe, disabling systemic autoimmune disease characterized by the production of autoantibodies. The clinical symptoms and immunologic manifestations of SLE are diverse. African-Americans have a 3 fold increased incidence of SLE, develop SLE at an earlier age, and have increased morbidity and mortality compared with Caucasians. Our central study hypothesis is that there are specific genetic factors that interact with environmental exposures leading to the development of SLE. The African-American Gullah population lives on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. They are unique in their genetic homogeneity with minimal Caucasian admixture, making them an ideal cohort to address questions of environmental and genetic influence on development and progression of SLE.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Gullah Health

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Further study details as provided by Diane Kamen, Medical University of South Carolina:

Estimated Enrollment: 750
Study Start Date: April 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Patients with SLE
Related unaffected controls
Unrelated unaffected controls


Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Sea Island Community

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 2 years and above;
  • Self-identified as African-American "Gullah" from the Sea Island region of South Carolina;
  • Have had at least 4 of the 11 diagnostic criteria for SLE as designated by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), be a relative of a known SLE patient, or be an unrelated healthy Gullah control;
  • Ability to speak and understand English;
  • Ability and willingness to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Race defined by participant as other than Black or African-American;
  • Being a prisoner, mentally ill patient, or institutionalized individual;
  • Unwilling or unable to give informed consent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00756769

Contact: Stephanie Slan 843-792-8997

United States, Georgia
Medical College of Georgia Recruiting
Augusta, Georgia, United States, 30912
United States, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina Recruiting
Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29425
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of South Carolina
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Principal Investigator: Diane L. Kamen, MD, MSCR Medical University of South Carolina
  More Information

Responsible Party: Diane Kamen, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina Identifier: NCT00756769     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MUSC HR10852
P60AR049459 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 18, 2008
Last Updated: August 14, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017