Translational research in rheumatic diseases is expanding rapidly due to new avenues of research provided by recent discoveries about the genetic factors that influence disease susceptibility and severity. This portfolio is focused on human studies that aim to discover the genes that cause rheumatic diseases, their interactions and, potentially, their targeting for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. It includes large cohort genetic studies, programs for genetic and genomic studies, and centers for research translation. Human translational research projects involving early testing of biomarkers of disease are also included.
About the Division
The Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases promotes and supports basic, translational and clinical studies of skin, wound healing, and skin disorders, as well as adult and pediatric rheumatic diseases.