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The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) supports a range of clinical trials studying new and existing interventions for prevention and treatment of arthritis, musculoskeletal, and skin diseases.  Investigators supported by the NIAMS need your help finding individuals to participate in clinical trials.  Participating in clinical trials allows you to play an active role as a volunteer in research and contribute to generating new knowledge about the disease/condition, and potentially future treatments.  The information below is designed to help you quickly learn about actively recruiting research studies for which you or someone you know may be eligible. 

Study Description

Gout impacts around 4% of the U.S. adult population and is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men. The incidence of gout is increasing worldwide and may be as high as 9% in the elderly. Gout is a significant burden on the healthcare system and is associated with both decreased work productivity and quality of life. With the ever-increasing impact of gout and its associated comorbidities on the population, investigation of novel translational mechanisms mediating gout flares as well as approaches to improving gout and hyperuricemia outcomes comprise an unmet and urgent medical need. This multi-disciplinary INvestigationS In Gout, Hyperuricemia, and comorbidiTies (INSIGHT) Center of Research Translation (CORT) includes 4 research projects and an Administrative Core focused on the theme, “Gout, Hyperuricemia, and Associated Comorbidities.”

CORT projects will include studies to: determine if innovative peripheral blood leukocyte adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity metabolomics have promise as gout flare biomarkers independent of serum urate (Project 1), examine the influence of key gene-environment interactions within an internet case-crossover study of gout flares (Project 2), unravel the functional genomics of urate transporters genes identified in previously reported genome wide association studies (Project 3), and investigate the mechanism of urate lowering therapy on renal function within the soon to begin comparative study of gout therapies (VA STOP-GOUT) (Project 4). Projects range from basic research translation of underlying genetics and relevant inflammatory pathobiology of gout, to understanding mechanisms of CKD progression in gout, and translation of genetic interaction with environmental factors and medications to precision medicine.

The INSIGHT CORT aims to: (1) Conduct four outstanding, innovative, and synergistic translational research projects drawing on the unique strengths of multidisciplinary research teams at our three major centers: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Harvard University, and University of California San Diego. (2) Foster the development of pilot and feasibility projects and the development and application of new translational methods to research in gout and hyperuricemia and their associated major comorbidities, particularly chronic kidney disease and metabolic syndrome. (3) Promote training of translational investigators in current methods of research applicable to gout and hyperuricemia through enrichment activities overseen by the Administrative Core. The INSIGHT CORT reflects a focused, relevant, multi-disciplinary translational research program at UAB and partner institutions.


Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)

Sexes Eligible for Study: All

Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Gout diagnosis meeting 2015 American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism classification criteria,99,140
  • Adult > 18 years of age, 3) Able to communicate and understand English language (a future objective, with additional resources, will include Spanish translation of all study materials). 

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of specialty care visit for gout (e.g. rheumatology) in the past 2 years
  • Life expectancy of < 6 months
  • Past use of pegloticase (as a marker of past extensive gout care)
  • Current critical illness leading to admission to high acuity medical care unit (ICU, stepdown unit) or requiring surgical intervention (general anesthesia) in the 2 weeks after ED visit
  • Concomitant rheumatic disease including infectious arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or seronegative spondyloarthropathy.


Study Design:

Allocation:       Randomized

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Masking: None (Open Label)

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Study Location(s):

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294

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