U-M Division of Rheumatology Researchers

Innovative research conducted by our faculty and staff have paved the way for more effective methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases.

Research Highlights

In Lupus, 'Normal-Appearing' Skin Is Not Normal

J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD and team find that nonlesional lupus skin contributes to inflammatory education of myeloid cells and primes for cutaneous inflammation.

Older Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis Still Undermedicated, Despite Aggressive Guidelines

Jiha Lee, MD, MHS and team find that while prescription rates for disease-modifying drugs have improved, there is more work to be done to ensure older adults are on optimized treatment.

Kids with Rare Autoimmune Disease Show These Symptoms Before Blood Clots

Jacqueline Madison, MD and team discover that children with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) experienced additional symptoms not formally associated with APS in adults.

Nanoparticle Reduces Skin and Lung Scarring for Scleroderma, Mouse Study Finds

John Varga, MD discovers that a biodegradable nanoparticle used in medical sutures could combat a rare, sometimes-fatal autoimmune disease.