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AIR Research

Overview

The faculty in the Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology (AIR) Division at URMC perform cutting edge investigation in basic science and translational research related to inflammatory, allergic and autoimmune disorders. The Division has a robust research effort that encompasses rheumatology and allergy/immunology. Investigators are funded by the NIH, the Rheumatology Research Foundation and private foundations as well as by pilot funding from the University. The Division has M.D., M.D.,MPH, M.D.,Ph.D. and Ph.D. scientists on the faculty whose areas of focus include basic mechanisms of altered bone remodeling in psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation at the bone joint interface in rheumatoid arthritis, basic mechanisms of B cell mediated immunity in SLE and translational studies of the Old Mennonite population to better understand the biologic mechanisms that underlie the low rates of autoimmune and allergic diseases in this population. AIR also has scientists within the Division who analyze large complex datasets and has a formal program in place to improve scientific rigor and reproducibility. In addition, the Division has a close working relationship with the Center for Musculoskeletal Research.

The faculty and staff in the AIR Division also provide the highest quality patient care and education across the training spectrum. The Division has an extremely active clinical trials program and numerous clinical research programs. Clinical staff currently includes 10 clinical faculty, three nurse practitioners, nine clinical coordinators and a highly trained staff of nurses and clinical technicians. Outpatient services in rheumatology, immunology and allergy are provided in the Rheumatology Clinic and the Mary Parks Asthma Center at Red Creek Drive in Henrietta, NY and while inpatient consultative services are provided at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals. Infusion services are provided at the Red Creek Office with additional infusion services to be offered in the new Lattimore Road office opening in November 2016.

The AIR Division has fellowship programs in Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology and combined Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology. Fellows in our program have diverse training backgrounds including pediatrics, medicine and pediatrics and medicine. As part of his training, each fellow completes a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Fellows in our program pursue careers as clinician educators, physician scientists and as private practitioners. We also have formal teaching programs in allergy, immunology and rheumatology for medical students and residents in medicine, dermatology and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

AIR Investigators

AIR Investigators

Clinical Study Coordinators

Clinical Study Coordinators

Upcoming Speakers

Dave Khan, M.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center will be presenting at the AIR/Derm Conference on March 31st