Robert W. Simms, MD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
BA, Bucknell University

Dr. Simms is Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. His major research interest is in scleroderma clinical outcome measures and clinical trials. He is the most active scleroderma clinician in the section, and is the site PI on multiple past and ongoing multicenter trials. He partners with Dr. Lafyatis in clinical and translational studies. This has included a recently completed trial of rituximab in systemic sclerosis. He works very closely with Dr. Farber on clinical issues as well as clinical trial initiatives in pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Simms receives NIH support as the site PI on a multi-center trial of high dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous bone marrow transplant compared to cyclophosphamide (SCOT).

Boston University
Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase 3 Trial to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Lenabasum in Dermatomyositis
05/23/2019 - 03/31/2023 (PI)
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.

Scleroderma Cyclophosphmide or Transplantation (SCOT) Study
08/01/2011 - 10/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Duke University NIH NIAID

Translational studies for identifying and targeting novel pathways in systemic sclerosis pathogenesis
09/22/2017 - 08/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
University of Pittsburgh NIH NIAMS

Protocol #201247, A multi-centre, randomized, double-blind (sponsor open), placebo-controlled, repeat dose, proof of mechanism study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics pharmacodyna
08/30/2017 - 08/29/2022 (PI)
GlaxoSmithKline LLC

A Phase 1 Open-Label Study to Determine the Safety and Tolerability of AVID200, a Transforming Growth Factor B (TGFB) Inhibitor, in Patients with Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic
02/25/2019 - 02/24/2022 (PI)
Formation Biologics Corp.

Protocol # ITN075AI, (BRAVOS) - Evaluation of Brentuximab Vedotin in Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis
02/01/2017 - 01/31/2022 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason NIH NIAID

OPsumit Historical USers cohort study (OrPHeUS). a Multicenter. retrospective chart review of first-time Opsumit® (macitentan) users in the United States
02/06/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.

United States Pulmonary Hypertension Scientific Registry
10/11/2016 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
United States Pulmonary Hypertension Scientific Registry

US-based, observation, drug registry of Opsumit (macitentan) new users in clinical practice
01/16/2015 - 12/08/2021 (PI)
Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.

A Phase 2, Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Multicenter Study to Evaluate Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy, and Pharmacokinetics of JBT-101 in Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis
12/01/2015 - 11/30/2021 (PI)
Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2015 NIAMS: CORT 5P50AR060780-05 80
2015 Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Centers 5P30AR061271-05 52
2015 Core B Clinical Core 5P50AR060780-05-7136 80
2013 Core B Clinical Core 5P50AR060780-03-7136 80

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  1. Spiera R, Kuwana M, Khanna D, Hummers L, Frech TM, Stevens W, Matucci-Cerinic M, Kafaja S, Distler O, Jun JB, Levy Y, Leszcyznski P, Gordon J, Steen V, Lee EB, Jankowski T, Litinsky I, Chung L, Hsu V, Mayes M, Sandorfi N, Simms RW, Finzel S, de Vries-Bouwstra J, Constantine S, Dgetluck N, Dinh Q, Bloom BJ, Furst DE, White B, Denton CP. Efficacy and Safety of Lenabasum, a Cannabinoid Type 2 Receptor Agonist, in a Phase 3 Randomized Trial in Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Sep; 75(9):1608-1618. PMID: 37098795
  2. Keyes-Elstein L, Pinckney A, Goldmuntz E, Welch B, Franks JM, Martyanov V, Wood TA, Crofford L, Mayes M, McSweeney P, Nash R, Georges G, Csuka ME, Simms R, Furst D, Khanna D, Clair EWS, Whitfield ML, Sullivan KM. Clinical and Molecular Findings After Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation or Cyclophosphamide for Scleroderma: Handling Missing Longitudinal Data. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Feb; 75(2):307-316. PMID: 34533286; PMCID: PMC8926930; DOI: 10.1002/acr.24785;
  3. Shah A, Storek J, Woolson R, Pinckney A, Keyes-Elstein L, Wallace PK, Sempowski GD, McSweeney P, Mayes MD, Crofford L, Csuka ME, Phillips K, Khanna D, Simms R, Ballen K, LeClercq S, Clair WS, Nixon AB, Nash R, Wener M, Brasington R, Silver R, Griffith LM, Furst DE, Goldmuntz E, Sullivan KM. Lymphocyte subset abnormalities in early severe scleroderma favor a Th2 phenotype and are not altered by prior immunosuppressive therapy. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2022 10 06; 61(10):4155-4162. PMID: 35108379; PMCID: PMC9536786; DOI: 10.1093/rheumatology/keac015;
  4. Khanna D, Caldron P, Martin RW, Kafaja S, Spiera R, Shahouri S, Shah A, Hsu V, Ervin J, Simms R, Domsic RT, Steen V, Hummers LK, Derk C, Mayes M, Chatterjee S, Varga J, Kesten S, Fraser JK, Furst DE. Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Hand Dysfunction in Systemic Sclerosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2022 Aug; 74(8):1399-1408. PMID: 35358372; PMCID: PMC9544105; DOI: 10.1002/art.42133;
  5. Rice LM, Mantero JC, Stratton EA, Warburton R, Roberts K, Hill N, Simms RW, Domsic R, Farber HW, Lafyatis R. Correction: Serum biomarker for diagnostic evaluation of pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2022 May 23; 24(1):118.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35606822; PMCID: PMC9125924; DOI: 10.1186/s13075-022-02816-8;
  6. Kong K, Koontz D, Morse C, Roth E, Domsic RT, Simon MA, Stratton E, Buchholz C, Tobin-Finch K, Simms R, George MP, Hassoun PM, Farber H, Lafyatis R. A Pilot Study of Dimethyl Fumarate in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Associated with Systemic Sclerosis. J Scleroderma Relat Disord. 2021 Oct 01; 6(3):242-246.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35005243; PMCID: PMC8741170; DOI: 10.1177/23971983211016196;
  7. Spiera R, Chung L, Frech T, Domsic R, Hsu V, Furst DE, Simms R, Mayes M, Martyanov V, Whitfield ML, Dgetluck N, Dinh Q, White B. Reply. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2021 04; 73(4):716-717. PMID: 33164325
  8. Chung L, Spino C, McLain R, Johnson SR, Denton CP, Molitor JA, Steen VD, Lafyatis R, Simms RW, Kafaja S, Frech TM, Hsu V, Domsic RT, Pope JE, Gordon JK, Mayes MD, Sandorfi N, Hant FN, Bernstein EJ, Chatterjee S, Castelino FV, Ajam A, Allanore Y, Matucci-Cerinic M, Whitfield ML, Distler O, Singer O, Young A, Nagaraja V, Fox DA, Furst DE, Khanna D. Safety and efficacy of abatacept in early diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (ASSET): open-label extension of a phase 2, double-blind randomised trial. Lancet Rheumatol. 2020 Dec; 2(12):e743-e753.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34966900; PMCID: PMC8713509; DOI: 10.1016/s2665-9913(20)30237-x;
  9. Badlam JB, Badesch DB, Austin ED, Benza RL, Chung WK, Farber HW, Feldkircher K, Frost AE, Poms AD, Lutz KA, Pauciulo MW, Yu C, Nichols WC, Elliott CG. United States Pulmonary Hypertension Scientific Registry: Baseline Characteristics. Chest. 2021 01; 159(1):311-327. PMID: 32858008; PMCID: PMC7803940; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.07.088;
  10. Simms RW. Expert Perspectives On Clinical Challenges: Expert Perspectives: Challenges in Scleroderma. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 09; 72(9):1415-1426. PMID: 32562363
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