Rheumatology and Immunology

Rheumatology Research Opportunities

The Division of Rheumatology at UNMC directs the Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network (RAIN) which is a consortium of rheumatologists throughout the Midwest that design and conduct clinical trials designed to elucidate better treatments for RA. Over the last 12 years, a number of trials have been completed and results published.

Potential Rheumatology Research Projects:

Amy Cannella, MD 559-7288

  • The use of ultrasound imaging techniques in rheumatic disease.

Ted Mikuls, MD 559-7288

  • Gout treatment safety and gout quality of care.
  • Omaha VA Rheumatoid Arthritis (OVARA) Registry: study of disease epidemiology and outcomes in veterans with RA.
  • Environmental (i.e. smoking) and genetic determinants of RA risk and outcomes.
  • Post-operative outcomes in RA patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty.
  • Epidemiology and outcomes of lymphoproliferative disease in the context of RA.
  • Associations of periodontal disease with RA.

Jim O'Dell, MD 559-7288

  • Are There Correlations Between Lab Changes and Joint Scores?
  • How Do Methotrexate Dose, Folic Acid Dose, and MCV Correlate and How Does This Correlate With Outcome?
  • How Does Patient-Derived Information (Health Assessment Questionnaires, Patient Pain Scale, etc.) Correlate With Physician-Derived Parameters?