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Rheumatology Research

Rheumatology faculty members have research expertise focusing on different areas of rheumatic diseases and methodology. Clinical and research expertise within the Section include scleroderma, gout, osteoarthritis, spondyloarthritis, lupus, and other forms of inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune diseases, as well as musculoskeletal ultrasound and joint imaging. Many of the faculty are national and international leaders in their respective fields, with several leading national treatment guideline efforts and other research and clinical endeavors.

The Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center (AADRC) is an internationally recognized center in research and education, established in 1983 to advance basic, clinical, and epidemiological research in rheumatology and to translate laboratory findings into new therapeutic strategies. The AADRC has made substantial contributions to scleroderma research. The clinical research program is recognized internationally for advanced and novel methodology. Additional research foci beyond rheumatology-related diseases include fibrosis, physical therapy, mobile health technologies, imaging (MRI and musculoskeletal ultrasound), and musculoskeletal pain. The Section’s research teams have been at the forefront of developing new approaches to study and test new treatments for scleroderma, osteoarthritis, lupus and other autoimmune disorders.