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AIR Research

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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. In addition, the Division has a close working relationship with the Center for Musculoskeletal Research.

Clinical 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 research program, including several active human subject research studies and clinical trials. Clinical staff currently includes 14 clinical faculty, two nurse practitioners, three physician assistants, eight clinical coordinators and a highly trained staff of nurses and clinical technicians. Outpatient services in rheumatology are provided in the Rheumatology Clinics at Red Creek Drive in Henrietta, Lattimore Road in Brighton, and The Thompson Professional Building in Canandaigua. Immunology and allergy outpatient services are provided in the Mary Parks Asthma Center at Red Creek Drive in Henrietta, NY and the Lattimore Road office in Brighton. Inpatient consultative services are provided at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals. Infusion services are provided at the Red Creek Drive and Lattimore Road Offices.

Fellowship Training and Education

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 Research Study Coordinators

Clinical Research Study Coordinators

Upcoming Speakers

Allergy and Immunology Grand Rounds

April 26, 2018
8 am

Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Icahn School of Medicine

Rheumatology Grand Rounds

May 10, 2018
9:45 am

Irene Blanco, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean of Diversity Enhancement
Albert Einstein College of Medicine