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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is interested in studying patients with Relapsing Polychondritis (RP). Adult and pediatric patients are invited to come to the NIH in Bethesda, MD to participate in a research study.  The purpose of the study is to observe how RP affects you and to collect blood samples for research.  All patients will receive comprehensive clinical evaluation by physicians with experience caring for patients with RP.  Specific treatments will not be offered as part of study participation, but recommendations will be provided to your regular doctors as appropriate.
If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please contact Marcela Ferrada, MondayFriday, 9 am–5 pm at 301-356-5068, or by email,  All potential participants will undergo a screening process to determine if they satisfy the conditions for study participation.

Dr Ferrada appointed Federal Laison to RPASF by the National institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS) division

We are pleased to announce that Dr Marcella Ferrada has been appointed as official Federal Laison to the Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation on behalf of the NIH, NIAMS division to serve as spokesperson for NIH policies and programs. Also, serving as Medical Advisor to the Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation including giving Grand Rounds to academic and medical institutions.

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