Joint disorders comprise injuries and diseases that originate in areas where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow, shoulder or intervertebral disc. In addition to normal wear and tear, these structures are sometimes subjected to injury from overuse, infection, an immune system launching a misplaced attack, or degeneration.
Feinstein Institute researchers are focusing on several aspects of joint disorders that include understanding the causes of joint degeneration, identifying genes that predispose to some joint diseases, like arthritis, and the response of the immune system to infections and injuries that affect the joints. Their work aims at finding ways to better predict predisposition to joint diseases and improving treatments for injuries that involve the joints.
Feinstein Institute investigators studying joints disorders include Anne Davidson; Richard Alan Furie; Daniel A. Grande; Peter K. Gregersen; Haixiang Liang; Annette T. Lee; Kevin J. Tracey and Haichao Wang.