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Environmental Exposures and Disease Flare in Myositis

Study Title:

Environmental exposures and disease flare in adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and polymyositis


Principal Investigator:

James D. Katz, MD, The George Washington University, Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division


Study Design:

Case control, an internet-based survey study


Types & Number of IIM Studied:

Adult and Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis (N = 400)


Entry Criteria:

Patients with Adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and polymyositis or parents of patients with juvenile dermatomyositis and polymyositis who are:

  1. at least 1 year from diagnosis of myositis
  2. at least 2-85 years of age
  3. reside in the United States or Canada
  4. can answer an online survey for 20-30 minutes


Primary Outcome:

Examine factors contributing to the disease flare


Study Duration:

2 years


Key Trial Dates:

Date of Registration - 02/2010
Start of Enrollment - 04/2010
Anticipated Completion - 02/2012


Funding Sources:

  • The George Washington University
  • The Cure JM Foundation



Actively enrolling. Physicians contributing >= 8 patients will qualify for co-authorship on publications and presentation.



James D. Katz at (202) 741-2488;
Gulnara Mamyrova at (202) 741-3069;
To provide patients with the website to enter the survey


Environmental Exposures and Disease Flare in Myositis Flyer -- PDF format (64KB)


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