The Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (MCRC)

The MCRC promotes multidisciplinary clinical research in arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin disease. It builds on the strong interdisciplinary research base in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases at the University of Pittsburgh, consisting of more than 100 research projects from more than 50 Principal Investigators. The MCRC is composed of an administrative core, a methodology core with rheumatic disease mentors, and three clinical research projects involving the following disciplines: rheumatology, health services research, health economics, minority health, geriatrics, and epidemiology.

In addition to the support that it provides for the three MCRC clinical research projects, the two Cores of the PITT-MCRC provide the infrastructure to: 1) promote multidisciplinary clinical research in arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, 2) provide study design and biostatistical support, 3) encourage the development of new methodologies, and 4) foster trainee and junior faculty education and development.