Research

The UCSF Pediatric Rheumatology research program aims to advance our understanding of complex rheumatic diseases and to improve outcomes for affected children. Our researchers are involved in:

  • Understanding the underlying basic mechanisms of autoimmunity
  • Determining the best treatments for children with lupus nephritis and juvenile arthritis
  • Studying the causes of osteoporosis
  • Helping teens and young adults transition to adult providers
  • Studies on the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosing juvenile arthritis and guiding intra-articular injections

In addition, we actively participate in Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), our national research network, which provides our patients opportunities to participate in national multicenter registries and therapeutic trials.