Division of rheumatology & immunology

Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center

MCRC Biorepository Request Form

Collaborating investigators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with IRB policies regarding nonhuman research before applying for transfer of samples or data from the MCRC and include IRB approval documentation in the application.

Office of Research Integrity - eIRB Training and Guidance and eIRB Tegrity and Training Courses

The objective of this Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) is the advancement of knowledge with respect to African Americans who have, or who are at risk of developing, systemis lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, and other debilitating rheumatic diseases.  The center is built on a solid framework of strong leadership in Rheumatology, Biostatistics and Health Disparities Research coupled with trust and a proven track record of recruitment of African American patients for clinical research. 

Objectives of the center are to: 1) conduct and foster translational clinical research leading to improved diagnosis, management and ultimately a reduction or elimination of health disparities with respect to debilitating rheumatic diseases in African Americans; 2) focus on identifying and understanding the underlying reasons for differences in risk profiles and disease progression for African Americans; 3) provide information and education to patients and families, healthcare providers, the general public, investigators and health professionals at other academic health centers and government agencies. 

The MCRC consists of Cores and Funded Projects and a Pilot Project Program



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