There are 12 clinical and research Faculty in the Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy Division (RIA) University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation combined research program. Please access the OMRF web site here to find a description of their research interests and recent publications.
The research program of the Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy Division (RIA) of the Department of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is integrated with the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). Indeed, the research faculty is assigned research space at both the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the Oklahoma City US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Most of the work underway is unified under autoimmunity or inflammation. Systemic lupus erythematosus is a particular focus of many of the faculty. Indeed, our investigators lead large, multi-investigator projects such as Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Immunology and Autoimmunity, the Oklahoma Rheumatic Disease Research Cores Center, Autoimmunity Center of Excellence and Center of Research Translation in Sjogren’s syndrome. We house a number of large patient collections in diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and related disorders. In addition, the faculty has available a CLIA approved laboratory for the serologic diagnosis of lupus and other autoimmune rheumatic disease syndromes.