Rheumatic Disease Biorepository

Principal Investigator

Jeffrey S. Carlin, MD
Rheumatology, Virginia Mason Medical Center

What is the Rheumatic Disease Biorepository?

The Rheumatic Disease Biorepository is a confidential list of people with rheumatic diseases, who are willing to donate a blood sample and provide health information to support scientific research. Donated samples and personal and family health information is used by scientists in the laboratory and in analysis to help us better understand the causes and long term health effects of rheumatic and immune-mediated diseases, as well as to explore better treatment options that can be used by physicians in patient care. All of the information gathered is kept confidential, and samples and health information used by scientists are coded with a number, not your name.

What are BRI scientists studying?

Researchers are studying the molecular and genetic profiles of people with rheumatic diseases compared to healthy people to better understand the disease mechanisms at onset and investigate possible environmental factors that could contribute to the diseases. The findings of this BRI research may lead to earlier diagnosis and possible prevention of these diseases in the future.

To learn more about this subject, please visit the rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, relapsing polychondritis and scleroderma disease information pages.

Who can participate?

We are currently enrolling adults, age 18 and older, who have been diagnosed with a rheumatic disease. We have a particular interest in obtaining samples from participants that are not on medication and those willing to give a sample when they are having a flare. Our current areas of study include:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Scleroderma

We are also looking for family members and friends of all ages who do not have a rheumatic disease or another immune-mediated or autoimmune disease, to join our healthy volunteer registry.

To learn more about this opportunity to participate, please visit the Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.

How can I help?

You can help scientists move rheumatic disease research forward by donating a blood sample and answering some questions about your personal and family health history.

You can also help by encouraging family members and friends without rheumatic disease to donate to our Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.