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Bethesda, MD: NIH Clinical Center

Clinical Research

The Environmental Autoimmunity Group (EAG) ( supports studies at the NIH Clinical Center to understand the mechanisms for the development of autoimmune diseases so that group members can extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

The physicians, nurses, scientists and staff of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS ( at the National Institutes of Health (NIH ( Exit NIEHS welcome you to our patient recruitment and information Web site. We conduct research studies with patients who have autoimmune diseases. Our studies are performed at the NIH Clinical Center (CC ( Exit NIEHS, a hospital dedicated to the highest quality research, in Bethesda, Maryland (picture right). In some cases, subjects may be enrolled by their local health care providers.

Adult and Pediatric Subjects are being recruited for studies on:

The Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Aerial photography by Duane Lempke, Sisson Studios, Inc.
  1. Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (adult and juvenile)
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Inclusion Body Myositis
    • Polymyositis
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis/Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA/JRA)
  3. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)
  4. Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)
Study information for Participants and Physicians.

We want to provide you with information about our research and about your disease to help you decide whether to volunteer for participation in one of our studies. If you qualify for a study, then treatment, and evaluation are FREE.

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