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At the University of Chicago Medicine, our patients have access to the most advanced tests and treatments for their arthritis, lupus and other rheumatic diseases. Our physicians are among the researchers uncovering the immunological underpinnings of these diseases and conducting clinical trials on new treatments.
Our rheumatology section is committed to providing the most advanced care to our patients and to the development of new knowledge concerning diagnosis and treatment.
Most patient care activities are carried out in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine on the University of Chicago Medicine's Hyde Park campus. We offer special programs for patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematous, scleroderma, gout, metabolic arthritis and vasculitis. In addition to making sure our patients are establishing relationships with specific physicians and nurse members of the rheumatology staff, we also spend time during our outpatient clinic visits educating patients about their medical problems.
We're involved in a wide array of clinical research projects, giving our patients the chance to participate in studies of new treatments. Our scientific advances are readily and regularly incorporated into patient care.
Our research activities extend from laboratory-based, basic science investigations to patient care initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment. Our rheumatology research laboratories are supported by federal agencies (such as the National Institutes of Health) and private foundations (such as the Arthritis Foundation). The Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research provides important support for the study of autoimmune disease. Current and recent testing of therapies developed at UChicago Medicine include studies aimed at modifying the course of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and scleroderma. Patients are also involved in studies on systemic lupus, osteoarthritis, gout and inflammatory muscle disease.