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Clinical Trials Unit

Innovative. Qualified. Associated.

We want to make rheumatic and other chronic inflammatory diseases curable. To help our patients, we are breaking new ground together. We use individually adapted therapy directed against specific inflammatory mediators to reduce symptoms and, ideally, achieve freedom from symptoms. Clinical trials offer innovative possibilities for the treatment of rheumatic and other chronic inflammatory diseases. We use therapies that improve the disease in a targeted, early and sustainable way.

Through modern and efficient therapy methods in combination with clinical expertise and new imaging, we try to achieve the best for you

Current clinical trials

CAR-T cells in autoimmune diseases:

Please submit inquiries regarding our Car-T cell program via the following email address:  Car-T-Cell.UKER(at)
We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please note: we will only process inquiries regarding the following diseases: Myositides (DM/PM), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Systemic Sclerosis (SSC).

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We can offer you promising therapy alternatives in different dosage forms (tablets, subcutaneous administration or infusion) in the case of initial diagnosis or insufficient response to your previous therapy for the following diseases:

Rheumatoide ArthritisPsoriasis ArthritisAnkylosing spondylitis Inflammatory diseases
Do you have rheumatism or are you suspected of having rheumatoid arthritis?
Your current therapy shows no improvement?
Or you are wondering whether you can reduce your rheumatism medication?
Psoriasis and tendon disorders?
And the medicines for psoriatic arthritis do not bring any improvement in health?

Do you have Bechterew's disease and your medication is not working?
We can precisely assess the condition of your bones on the basis of high-resolution computer tomography images and optimise your state of health thanks to new, innovative medications.

We are looking for patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with or without joint complaints, to detect early changes in the joints and to survey bone density.

Rheumatism and sport - is that possible?
Do you have rheumatism and feel the first restrictions in your mobility? In a current study, we are investigating whether a targeted exercise programme helps you to maintain your physical activity.

  For imaging examinations we are looking for patients with gout, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, spondylarthropathies (ankylosing spondylitis) and rheumatism.


Clinical Trials Unit

Consultation hour

Monday - Thursday
08:00 - 12:30 h and 14:30 - 16:00 h

08:00 - 11:30 h

Internistisches Zentrum
2nd floor, Building B
Ulmenweg 18
91054 Erlangen

B 02.426

Contact for appointments
Appointments only upon consultation

Due to the high volume of patients, initial appointments can only take place after telephone consultation between the referring colleagues and the clinic's duty physician.

Phone: 09131 85-32093
Fax: 09131 85-32092


Controlled clinical studies are necessary to assess the efficacy and safety of drugs in rheumatic diseases. In the Clinical Trials Unit of Medicine 3, under the direction of PD Arnd Kleyer, phase 1-4 studies are offered and carried out for various rheumatic diseases. The main focus is on the clinical pictures: Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spondylarthritides (axial spondyloarthritis), vasculitides (especially large vessel vasculitides) as well as collagenoses (systemic lupus, dermatomyositis or systemic scleroderma).

In addition to participating in multicenter studies, the strength and expertise lies in conducting our own studies, which are performed according to the German Drug Law (IITs according to AMG). This is done in close cooperation with the sponsors of study projects and in collaboration with the Center for Clinical Studies (CCS) of the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen to meet the legal and ethical requirements.

The Clinical Trials Unit has the spatial and personnel requirements for this with direct connection to the entire care structure of the Universitätsklinikum. This integration, as well as the special training and many years of experience of our staff, guarantee the highest quality standards.

In addition, the premises of the Clinical Trials Unit are used for the pre- and post-treatment as well as the further care and treatment of patients who have participated in clinical studies and for the infusion treatments of Medicine 3.

Required documents
  • Certificate of Insurance (health insurance card)
  • Allocation
  • Medication list
  • Copies of the preliminary findings
  • X-ray images
  • Reports from previous hospitalizations