Ongoing Research in Our Labs

Intramural Program

Reviewed January 25, 2013

Our Mission

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, and the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research. The Intramural Research Program (IRP) of NIAMS is located on the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and provides a unique contribution to the overall NIAMS research agenda. The IRP has established a tradition of excellence, with a strong focus on long-term, high-risk research, investigations into the genetics and pathophysiology of human disease, and the development of innovative therapies for a number of serious disorders for which satisfactory treatments previously did not exist.

The program is firmly grounded on a foundation of world-class basic science research and technology within the NIAMS IRP itself, widespread collaborations with other outstanding intramural clinicians and scientists on the Bethesda campus, and immediate proximity to the largest clinical research hospital in the world. The result is a heady cocktail of cutting-edge laboratory research in immunology, inflammation, genetics, structural biology, developmental biology, biophysics, and cartilage biology, with a generous twist of translational investigation in a number of clinical specialties.