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The St. Thomas Lupus Trust was set up as a registered charity in 1991 by Professor Graham Hughes. Its aim is to support lupus research at St. Thomas’ & Guys Hospitals and raise awareness of lupus.

Today it finances 100% of the lupus research costs at both hospitals.

A very generous benefactor, Mr. George Koukis funded a major expansion of the clinical and academic staff in the unit through the St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust seven years ago. Although this funding has now ended, it facilitated  a significant improvement in waiting times for clinic appointments in the Lupus Unit and supported the appointment of a Lupus specialist nurse resulting in improved capacity to support patients.

The Louise Coote Lupus Clinical Trials Unit, led by Professor David D’Cruz, has established itself as a centre of excellence for conducting clinical trials of new treatments in patients with lupus. Indeed, the unit was the largest UK recruiter of patients for the trials of belimumab (Benlysta) in SLE which has become the first drug to be licensed for treating lupus in over 50 years. 

The Louise Coote Lupus Unit is internationally recognized by clinicians around the world. There have been large numbers of visiting clinicians from all over the world who have spent time in the clinics and wards learning how to manage patients with complex lupus and related disorders. This has led to many successful international collaborations.

Our research is clinical, based on patients and healthy volunteers. All clinical research is highly regulated by strict ethical standards and is overseen by the Research and Development Office as well as by national bodies such as the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency.

The charity relies solely upon donations from the public and companies and also on legacies to help us continue our vital and pioneering lupus research and continue to maintain this website. We receive no NHS or Government funding.

We often have specific research projects that we require financial help with so if you are interested in one of those please contact us.


Registered charity: 1152707

Registered office: The St Thomas Lupus Trust, Conybeare House, Guys Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT