VCRC Tissue Repository

Study Purpose

The purpose of this study is to collect existing tissue specimens from subjects enrolled in Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC) studies. Analysis of these tissue specimens and linked clinical data collected through VCRC studies may lead to the identification and development of a series of translational research projects. Results of these studies will provide vasculitis researchers with insight into the causes of these diseases and generate new ideas for diagnostic tests and therapies, and will be of great interest to the larger communities of researchers investigating vasculitis and other autoimmune, inflammatory, and vascular diseases.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

An interventional clinical study is where participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes.

An observational clinical study is where participants identified as belonging to study groups are assessed for biomedical or health outcomes.

Searching Both is inclusive of interventional and observational studies.

Eligible Ages N/A and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - A participant will be deemed eligible for this study if the participant is/was enrolled in another one of the VCRC observational/longitudinal protocols (5502, 5503, 5504, 5505, 5506, 5507, 5563) and/or one of the VCRC interventional studies (5522, 5523, 5526, 5527, or 5562).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Inability to give informed consent (or their guardians in the case of children) and to sign the consent form.
  • - Unwilling to allow the use of their tissue for research.

Trial Details

Trial ID:

This trial id was obtained from, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, providing information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants with locations in all 50 States and in 196 countries.


Phase 1: Studies that emphasize safety and how the drug is metabolized and excreted in humans.

Phase 2: Studies that gather preliminary data on effectiveness (whether the drug works in people who have a certain disease or condition) and additional safety data.

Phase 3: Studies that gather more information about safety and effectiveness by studying different populations and different dosages and by using the drug in combination with other drugs.

Phase 4: Studies occurring after FDA has approved a drug for marketing, efficacy, or optimal use.

Lead Sponsor

The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.

University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Peter A Merkel, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator Affiliation University of Pennsylvania
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Canada, United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Aortitis, Cutaneous Vasculitis, Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis, Giant Cell Arteritis, Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (Wegener's), Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, IgA Vasculitis, Microscopic Polyangiitis, Polyarteritis Nodosa, Takayasu Arteritis, Churg-Strauss Syndrome
Additional Details

Biopsy specimens collected as standard of care for these diseases will be retrieved and used in research. The most common biopsies performed are kidney, lung, skin, nerves, and vessels; however, other tissue is also of interest for the study. Biopsies are not performed as part of this protocol, rather we will request consent to collect biopsy specimens already collected under routine care.

Contact a Trial Team

If you are interested in learning more about this trial, find the trial site nearest to your location and contact the site coordinator via email or phone. We also strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider about the trials that may interest you and refer to our terms of service below.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah




University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84132

Site Contact

Jessica Gonzalez

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania




University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15261

Site Contact

Laurie Hope

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

Site Contact

Sherry Xu

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio




Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio, 44195

Site Contact

Elizabeth Kisela

Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts




Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts




Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts, 02115

Site Contact

Jackie Stratton

International Sites

Toronto, Ontario, Canada




University of Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5

Site Contact

Judy Vendramini

St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada




St. Joseph's Healthcare

Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3B6

Site Contact

Sandra Messier

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