Chatham

Conducting collaborative science to better understand and treat arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, and autoimmune diseases

The Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity has worked to establish collaborative synergies across schools, departments and divisions.  Building on its traditional strengths in immunology and autoimmunity, the Center faculty has developed programs in translational human genetics (focusing on the immunogenetic basis of autoimmune disease) and in outcomes and population-based research, in addition to research themes encompassing experimental therapeutics, bone cartilage and connective tissue, immunology, autoimmunity, autoimmunity and inflammation and neuroimmunology. 

These programs leverage the emergence of team science -- the bringing together of individuals with different yet highly complementary skills -- and the opportunities in personalized medicine by bringing a deep understanding of genetic polymorphisms together with rich, longitudinal clinical phenotypic data. Through collaborative synergies and partnerships, the Center has strengthened the research capacity in discovery and translational research across disciplines and has facilitated more effective clinical care.

Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

 

Goals of the Center

  • To generate new understanding of the mechanisms of arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, and autoimmune diseases and apply this knowledge to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these conditions.
  • To promote and integrate fundamental, translational, and clinical research with clinical care of patients with arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, and autoimmune diseases.
  • To educate the public about arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, and autoimmune diseases and how they can partner with us to achieve our goals of better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent these conditions.
  • To train future investigators and health care professionals in arthritis, musculoskeletal, bone, and autoimmune diseases.