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

Study Provides First Evidence of Link Between Opioid Use Disorder, Chronic Pain

Daniel Clauw, MD and researchers find that central sensitization may be an important underlying factor complicating the treatment of comorbid chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

Drugs Showing Promise in Cancer Trials Reduce Scarring for Scleroderma

Pei-Suen (Eliza) Tsou, PhD and team discover that drugs that inhibit BRD4, known to play a role in cancer, also affect fibrosis in scleroderma.

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.