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Avera Research Institute

2020 S. Norton Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Study of the Etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Principal Investigator: Joseph Fanciullo, MD

Study Coordinator: Julie Kittelsrud, CNP

Overview: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that is manifest by joint-based inflammation and bone erosions. The purpose of this clinical study is to determine if RA-related auto-antibodies are present in healthy subjects.

The long-term goal of this study is to identify, during the pre-clinical phase of the disease, those healthy individuals who are at sufficiently high risk for developing RA so that a rational primary prevention strategy can be employed.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Males and females, age 19 and older
  • Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) by a rheumatologist based on American College of Rheumatology criteria
  • Have at least one living first-degree relative (biological parent, sibling or child) who is age 19 or older and who has not been diagnosed with RA

Exclusion Criteria:

  • To be determined by the study coordinator

Contact: Julie Kittelsud, CNP
Phone:     605-322-3069

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