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Autoimmune Disease Research Study

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Bethesda, Maryland, is conducting a study for families with siblings or twins in which one sibling has developed an autoimmune disease and the other has not. The goal of this research study is to understand the genetic and environmental factors that may result in autoimmune diseases.

You may be eligible if you or your child has:

  • Adult or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or myositis diagnosed within the last 4 years
  • A sibling or twin of the same gender within four years of age without an autoimmune disease

Study facts:

  • Both children and adults are eligible to participate
  • The sibling pair is essential to participate in the study (parents may also be included)
  • You may enroll at your local doctor’s office, the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, or at the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, NC
  • There is no charge for study-related evaluations and tests
  • Compensation is available
  • Patients remain under the care of their personal physicians while participating in this research study

For more information, please call toll free:
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Or go online:
Refer to study #03-E-0099


Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Autoimmunity Group

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