Bringing care and research to the local community.
Clinical Care and Research at NIAMS is located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland, comprises several programs of research focused on rheumatological health in minority and underserved populations. Medical experts in the fields of autoimmunity, arthritis, lupus, and other rheumatological diseases conduct research focused on the evaluation, diagnosis, standard of care, and disease management of underserved patients from the local community (Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia).
The NIAMS team consists of physicians, advanced practice providers (NP/PA), nurses, patient care coordinators/navigators, and research assistants. Clinical Care and Research at NIAMS provides comprehensive medical evaluation in coordination with patients’ primary health care providers, and may refer patients to other NIH specialists for further evaluation or to outside health care teams for long-term follow-up and disease management. Services are provided at two locations.
Interpretation services are provided to non-English-proficient patients and their families. Local travel assistance is available to enrolled patients.
The NIAMS Community Health Clinic (CHC) - NIH Campus
The NIAMS CHC program is based at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It focuses on the study of rheumatological diseases in minority populations. However, non-minority, underserved patients from the local community are also eligible to participate.
The Hope Center
The Hope Center is a community-focused research facility based in Washington, DC. The NIAMS set up a team here in early 2023 to conduct outreach and allow participants in clinical trials to be seen close to their homes. NIAMS shares this facility with collaborators including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Natural History and Observational Studies
The NIAMS Clinical Research Program (CRP) conducts natural history and observational studies of skin (dermatology), joints (rheumatology), muscle (myology), blood vessels (angiology), bones (osteology), and autoimmunity. Some of the NIAMS natural history studies focus on specific diseases, including spondyloarthritis, systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, lupus, myositis, vasculitis, melorheostosis, dermatitis, alopecia, and COVID-19.
(Recruiting affected patients and healthy volunteers)