Rheumatology Research

The Emory University Division of Rheumatology is committed to improving the treatment of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases through diverse, multidisciplinary research programs of the utmost quality. Our cutting-edge programs include clinical, epidemiological, and basic bench research and outcomes investigation. 

Clinical Research

Grady Memorial Hospital serves as the primary hub for clinical research activities within the Division of Rheumatology. Clinical research is also conducted at Emory University Hospital, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Our current clinical research emphasizes studies in lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE); rheumatoid arthritis; and IgG4-related disorders (IgG4-RD). View current Emory Rheumatology clinical trials.

Basic Science

Basic science aimed at gaining an understanding of the fundamental processes underlying autoimmunity and inflammation is an integral part of the activities within the division. Fundamental bench research is conducted through the Lowance Center for Human Immunology at Emory University.

Pediatric Research

The Division of Rheumatology collaborates actively with our colleagues in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Children Health Care of Atlanta, (CHOA) Children's Physician Group of CHOA to investigate the unique features of rheumatic diseases in children.

Lowance Center for Human Immunology

The Lowance Center is an initiative of the Department of Medicine to cut across traditional academic divisions in medicine and to translate new knowledge in basic immunology to human immune-mediated diseases. 


Rheumatology Research Partners

Autoimmune Centers of Excellence

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has created the Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence (ACEs) to encourage and enable collaborative research – across scientific disciplines, across medical specialties, and between basic and clinical scientists – in the search for effective treatments for autoimmune diseases.