Clinical Research Program

The Clinical Research Program (previously known as the Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit), is internationally recognized for its advanced and novel methodology as applied to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The Clinical Research Program performs and promotes high-quality research using clinical epidemiologic methods to explore the causes of, and therapy for, disease and disability. Many faculty are national and international leaders in their respective research fields, including osteoarthritis, gout, scleroderma, spondyloarthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound, biomechanics, physical therapy, musculoskeletal pain, and epidemiologic methods. Many have also led development of national treatment guidelines for various rheumatic diseases, outcome measures for rheumatoid arthritis trials and other rheumatic diseases, and classification criteria for several rheumatic diseases; and have introduced novel clinical research methodologies and study designs into the fields of rheumatology and physical therapy. Additional research foci include mobile health technologies, imaging (MRI and musculoskeletal ultrasound), nutrition and exercise, genetic epidemiology, causal inference methods, clinical trials methodology, meta-analyses, pharmacoepidemiology, machine learning, and conjoint analyses, among others.

The Clinical Research Program is the primary means by which students, trainees, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty receive training in advanced epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to address research questions. We train individuals at various levels and in various disciplines who wish to enter or are already engaged in academically-based clinical research careers.