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Dedicated to eradicating arthritis as a cause of human suffering through biomedical research, teaching and patient care, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) was one of the first to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to combat arthritis and bone and connective tissue disease.

Research areas at the UAAC include basic and translational research on the mechanisms of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, and other rheumatic diseases, innovative surgical techniques, tissue engineering techniques to regenerate muscular skeletal tissue, the development of artificial joints, major new treatments in osteoarthritis, vasculitis and other related diseases, and reduction of costs related to arthritis care.

The UAAC is a stand-alone research center serving the state of Arizona and physically housed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson campus.  It is the focal point and catalyst for clinical and basic research in rheumatology, immunology and autoimmune diseases. The UAAC is the only institution in Arizona providing the following services to the community under one roof:

  • Research from bench to bedside in order to develop a better understanding of disease mechanisms and to exploit such knowledge to develop and test better therapies.
  • Education programs which cover a broad array of topics with the common goal of empowering the patients in managing their lifestyles and diseases.
  • Education of scientists and healthcare providers with the ultimate objective to contribute to state-of-the-art care for patients.
  • Epidemiology and prevention of rheumatic disease.


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