Strengthening Our Partnership With the NIAMS Coalition

Dear Colleagues: The 2017 NIAMS Coalition Outreach and Education Day marked a decade since the inaugural event. From its inception, we have worked diligently to build innovative partnerships and research programs to connect science with the public. The NIAMS Coalition is a consortium of more than 90 professional and voluntary organizations that are national in scope. These groups serve as key partners in advancing our mission, and we rely on them to help further public understanding about diseases and conditions of the bones, joints, muscles and skin. This biennial event provides a forum for our Coalition members to share best

Honoring Health — November Is National Healthy Skin Month — November 2017

*/ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ November Is National Healthy Skin Month! Skin health is essential to overall health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and plays an important role in protecting it. The skin holds in body fluids, prevents dehydration and keeps out harmful germs. It’s important to keep your skin healthy to prevent sickness or damage to the bones, muscles and internal organs. This issue, featuring information on how to maintain healthy skin, is brought to you by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the National Cancer Institute

Guest Director’s Letter: Advancing Prevention Research at the NIH

I am delighted to introduce David M. Murray, Ph.D., Associate Director for Prevention and Director, Office of Disease Prevention. Dr. Murray oversees the lead office at NIH responsible for assessing, facilitating, and stimulating research on disease prevention and health promotion, and disseminating the results of this research to improve public health. Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Dear Colleagues: Prevention has been an important part of the NIH's mission since 1798, when NIH began as the Marine Hospital Service established to screen crew members and passengers arriving in the U.S. to

Bone-Derived Hormone Curbs Appetite and Weight Gain in Mice

A hormone produced by bones suppresses appetite and weight gain in mice, according to investigators funded in part by the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The findings, which appeared in the journal Nature , reveal a new mechanism for controlling metabolism and may lead to novel approaches for treating obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. While the skeleton may seem like a static scaffold for the rest of the body, in fact, bones are continually remodeled and have multiple functions. In addition to their structural role, bones support blood cell production, store phosphorous and

Long-term Benefit of Steroid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis Challenged

Among people with osteoarthritic knees, repeated steroid injections over two years brought no long-term improvement in reducing pain, according to a study funded in part by the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Rather than showing any benefit, the results revealed that the injections sped the loss of the cartilage that cushions the knee joint. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) . Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic condition of the joints that involves breakdown of the cartilage and the ends of the bones, and inflammation of the joint

Newly Identified T cell Subtype Abundant in Joints of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

A new study, funded in part by the NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), has uncovered an immune cell subtype that is prevalent in the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The newly discovered cells have unique properties that enable them to migrate to inflamed joints and collaborate with other cells to promote an immune attack. The findings, which appeared in the journal Nature , provide novel insight into the molecular causes of the disease and offer potential strategies for developing more precise therapies. RA involves chronic inflammation of the joints, resulting in progressive

Four named to NIAMS advisory council

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) welcomes four new members to its National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council. The council serves as the principal advisory body to NIAMS, the lead federal agency for research on bones, joints, muscles and skin. The NIAMS council comprises scientific and lay members who have expertise in the mission areas of the institute. Members serve a four-year term and meet three times per year to provide advice to the institute on broad policy issues, and make recommendations on research proposals. “I am pleased

2017 NIAMS Summer Interns Reflect on Their Experiences

*/ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ The NIAMS offers a Summer Research Internship Program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., that provides outstanding opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine. Our 2017 summer interns received career mentoring from NIAMS researchers, attended lectures and symposia, engaged in basic and clinical research and gained notable experience that will help shape their career goals. Below, our interns described their experiences in their own words. Mary Rostom, University of Pittsburgh I spent this past summer working in Dr. Markus Hafner’s lab,
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