Introduction

On the ground of the first research center on autoimmunity in Islamic Republic of Iran, the Autoimmune Diseases Research Center of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (ADRC-SUMS) is founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to:

1- Performing advance clinical and basic research to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases.
2-  Providing the new modalities of treatment and evaluate them for patients.
3- Preparing and providing DNA and serum bank along with demographic databank of different autoimmune diseases for interested researchers. 
 
• Collaborating departments:
1- Basic scientists from different departments (including immunology and biochemistry) are engaged in fundamental research on the immune response study, the causes and mechanisms of immune system dysregulation leading to autoimmune diseases. The other goal is identifying auto-antigens which are targeted by the immune system in order to develop new diagnostic and immunotherapeutical modalities for autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, they are seeking out the genetic traits that increase the risk of developing an autoimmune disease.
2- Clinicians from different clinical departments (Rheumatology, Neurology, Dermatology and Ophthalmology) are searching for methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of related autoimmune diseases. Moreover, they are actively engaged in preparing the databanks for autoimmune diseases.

 
 
Autoimmune Diseases Research Center
Shiraz Medical School, karimkhan-zand Blvd. Shiraz 71345-3343, Iran.
Tel: +987112357181
Fax: +987112357181
Email:
adrc@Sums.ac.ir