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Immune System Regulation in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

IRB Number: 2014-221

March 20, 2019

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

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Principal Investigator

Mary K. Crow, MD


Kyriakos A. Kirou, MD, DSc, FACP
David R. Fernandez, MD, PhD
Mikhail Olferiev​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Emily Wu


The purpose of this study is to gain new understandings of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, myositis, osteoarthritis, and others. Of particular interest is our longitudinal study of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus through investigation of patients enrolled in the “Flare” cohort. Study of the biologic samples and clinical data from those patients continues to inform understanding of the immune mechanisms that underlie disease activity in lupus, and has provided the rationale for development of new therapeutic agents.

Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery would like to obtain samples of blood and/or urine from individuals that are affected by these diseases, along with information about the features of your disease. We are particularly interested in collecting blood samples over time, during the course of your disease. We will perform analysis of your blood or urine samples to characterize the molecules and cells of your immune system and other molecules and cells that interact with the immune system. The samples collected will also be compared to individuals who are not affected by these diseases and will be analyzed in relation to your disease activity, organ involvement and blood tests. By comparing samples from those affected and those not affected by these diseases, we can evaluate mechanisms of autoimmune diseases and determine new targets for therapeutic intervention.

Study participation is voluntary. If consented into this study, we will draw 1-5 tube(s) of blood from a vein in your arm at each of your doctor visits, for up to a total of 8 visits.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

1.    Must be 13 years of age or older
2.    Must have a history or diagnosis of an autoimmune or inflammatory disease or be willing to serve as a healthy volunteer
3.    Must be willing to donate up to 20 mL of blood (about 4 teaspoons) per visit
4.    Must be willing to complete and sign an Informed Consent Form upon agreeing to be in the study
5.    Must be a patient at the Hospital for Special Surgery or a healthy volunteer
6.    Must be willing to answer a short questionnaire about yourself

Contact Information

Emily Wu, Research Coordinator