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

Thromboinflammatory Consequences of Infection-Induced Autoimmunity

Yu (Ray) Zuo, MD, MSCS, who received a NIAMS Career Development (K08) Award to investigate the thromboinflammatory consequences of infection-induced autoimmunity, discusses his research and what he hopes to achieve.

New Gene Found Suppressed in Scleroderma Brings Potential Target for Treatment

John Varga, MD and team discover a gene that plays a crucial role in the scarring that occurs in patients with scleroderma.

Tofacitinib Shows Promise in Scleroderma Patients, Researchers Are Optimistic for Next Phase of Study

Dinesh Khanna, MBBS, MSc and colleagues find that tofacitinib was well tolerated among patients with early systemic sclerosis in a phase I/II study.

Aching Joints Make Older Adults Reach for Many Forms of Pain Relief

Beth Wallace, MD, MSc discusses the need for providers to talk with their patients about how to manage joint pain, and what interactions and risks might arise if they use medications to do so.

Pathway Uncovered for Greatest Lupus Genetic Risk Factor, Study Shows

Joseph Holoshitz, MD; Bruna Miglioranza Scavuzzi, PhD; and team uncover the molecular mechanism that drives the disease-causing effects of the most common genetic risk factor for lupus.