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

U-M Health Co-Leads Creation of Ancestrally Diverse Single-Cell Skin Tissue Atlas

J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD helps to lead a national effort to build an open-source single-cell atlas for skin to explore ancestral differences in skin cell states across several populations.

Drug Made from Pig Intestine Helps Escape the “Trap” of Clot-Causing Immune Response

Jason Knight, MD, PhD and team find that the drug defibrotide suppressed neutrophils from releasing NETs and also reduced downstream blood-clotting.

'Just 30 days of Glucocorticoid Use' in RA Spikes Cardiovascular Risk by 15% Over Six Months

Beth Wallace, MD, MSc and team's study that found that 30 days of glucocorticoid use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis spikes cardiovascular risk by 15% over six months is featured in Healio Rheumatology.

Patients with Rare Scleroderma Have Deadlier Organ Damage, Despite Getting Standard Treatment

Sara Jaafar, MD; Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSc; and team find that patients with a rare form of scleroderma have a greater chance of dying from related kidney, heart, and lung problems, despite taking medications used to treat most patients with the disease.