Supported Scientific Areas

Arthritis Biology Program

Research on a number of arthritic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, Lyme arthritis, gout, and more.

Cartilage and Connective Tissue Program

Research on cartilage and connective tissue, and the conditions that affect them.

Clinical Research and Diagnostic Tools for Osteoarthritis and Bone Quality Program

Research on clinical osteoarthritis; bone quality and skeletal imaging; and human genetics of bone and cartilage.

Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Biology and Diseases Program

Research basic, translational, and clinical studies of extracellular matrix (ECM) biology and diseases.

Immunobiology and Immune Diseases of Skin Program

Research on the immunobiology of the skin, including the regulation of skin immune responses and immune system cellular components.

Keratinocyte Biology and Diseases Program

Research to understand the biology and diseases of the epidermis and skin appendages, and development of hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

Muscle Development and Physiology Program

Research to understand the development, growth, and maintenance of muscle tissue, including muscle regeneration and the biology of stem cells.

Muscle Disorders and Therapies Program

Research on acquired and inherited diseases of the skeletal muscle, and muscle atrophy and injury.

Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Program

Research on tissue engineering and repair of musculoskeletal tissues that explores new approaches to tissue regeneration.

Orthopaedic Research Program

Research on orthopedics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, including studies of orthopedic devices and joint replacement.

Osteoporosis and Metabolic Disorders of Bone Program

Basic research on bone biology and clinical research on osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders.

Rare Diseases and Integrated Physiology of Bone Program

Research to study the mechanisms, pathogenesis, and pathophysiology of bone diseases and their interaction with tissues and organs.

Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program

Basic research to study behavioral interventions, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune mechanisms, behavioral and social research, and epidemiology.

Rheumatic Diseases Clinical Program

Patient-relevant clinical research and the design, development, and execution of clinical trials and registries in rheumatic diseases.

Rheumatic Diseases Genetics and Translational Research Program

Research to find genetic factors that influence rheumatic disease susceptibility and severity, and to explore possible treatments.

Skin Repair, Regeneration, and Pigmentation

Research on epidermal repair and regeneration and melanocyte biology, including the wound healing process and skin cell development.

Systemic Autoimmune Disease Biology Program

Basic and translational research on systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic scleroderma, and autoimmune myositis.


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Research News

What’s new on the horizon for scleroderma?

NIH MedlinePlus | February 28, 2019

Genes linked to abnormal bone density and fracture

NIH Research Matters | January 24, 2019
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