Clinical Research The Clinical Immunology Research Center participates in cutting edge clinical trials of the newest treatments for autoimmune, rheumatic and allergic diseases. In addition to conventional drug studies aimed to improve the efficacy and safety of current therapies, our clinical research center also carries out experimental protocols of particular interest for patients not responding to conventional therapy. The Division currently has numerous active clinical trials in progress plus several active clinical research projects. Research studies are conducted by Division physicians and a nurse study coordinator. All research is monitored by the FDA and by the institution's human subject review board or the Western IRB. We currently have several clinical research teams with active studies. Patients have the option to participate in any appropriate open study. However, patients are also under no obligation to participate and choosing not to participte will in no way affect their continued relationship with the clinical team. Anyone who would like more information can contact a clinical study coordinator. In addition to clinical trials, several faculty in the Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Division are also conducting faculty clinical research projects which will broaden our understanding of rheumatologic diseases and their treatment.