Editorial Board

Editorial Board

EDITOR DETAILS

Moti Tiku  

Research Interest:

Cellular and humoral immunity; Immunobiology of chondrocytes; Cell-cell adhesion; Integrins; Cell matrix interaction; Cytokines immunobiology of IL-l & inhibitor to IL-l , Basic mechanism of matrix degradation in osteoarthritis Reactive oxygen radicals

Division of Rheumatology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
USA

Touma Zahi  

Research Interest:

Dr Touma's research focuses on improving the assessment of cognitive function and the assessment of lupus disease activity

Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre
Canada

Kerr Leslie  

Research Interest:

Dr. Kerr has a particular interest in geriatric rheumatology and runs a rheumatology clinic within the Coffey Geriatric Practice.

Division of Rheumatology
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
USA

Antonio G Tristano  

Research Interest:

Fibroblasts; HMG-CoA reductase; Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs); Statins; Rheumatoid arthritis; Receptor activator of nuclear factorkappa B ligand (RANKL)

Centro Medico Carpetana
Madrid Spain

Feng Wei  

Research Interest:

Dr. Feng current research interests focus on human musculoskeletal system modeling, sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, pattern classification and recognition, imaging, lower extremity electromyography (EMG) in pathological gait, mechanotransduction in articular cartilage, locomotor adaptation, and pediatric traumatic injury

Assistant Professor
Departments of Radiology and Mechanical Engineering
Michigan State University
USA

Radbod Darabi  

Research Interest:

Dr. Radbod leads researches related to human stem cell therapy for skeletal muscle disorders

Assistant Professor
Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) Brown Foundation Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
USA

Renzhi Han  

Research Interest:

Skeletal muscle; Muscular dystrophy; Cardiomyopathy; Calcium; Dystrophin; Dysferlin; Membrane repair; Membrane damage

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
USA

Valarmathi Thiruvanamalai  

Research Interest:

Dr. Valarmathi research work focuses on tissue-engineering approach to the generation of various functional vascularized tissue using the adult multipotent stem cells (BMSCs/MSCs) and/or the pluripotent stem cells in various engineered 3-D scaffolds in a form suitable for surgical implantation for repairing various types of tissue defects in regenerative capacity. The clinical and industrial implications of these developed 3-D vascularized tissues are enormous and not limited for repair/regeneration of the cardiovascular structures. Also there is a need for such 3-D tissue models for the study of basic biological mechanisms that are underpinning the orderly cellular differentiation and tissue morphogenesis. Moreover, the use of these 3-D constructs in drug discovery and toxicity screening is hard to place value on.

Assistant Professor
Department of Comparative Biosciences
University of Illinois
USA

Eduardo Abreu  

Research Interest:

Dr. Eduardo research expertise in tendons and ligaments, a vital link in the musculoskeletal research. He is also part of the UMKC Aging Consortium.

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing & Health Studies
University of Missouri
USA

Rene Panduro Poggenborg  

Research Interest:

Dr. Rene main interests are Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Enthesitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis.

Center for Arthritis Research
Center for Rheumatology and Spine Disease
Copenhagen University Hospital
Denmark

Hiroshi Kawaguchi  

Research Interest:

Osteoporosis; Bone fracture; Periprostheticosteolysis; Ossification of spinalligaments and Osteoarthritis.

Head
Spine Center
JCHO Tokyo Shinjuku Medical Center
Japan

Konstantin N Konstantinov  

Research Interest:

Dr. Konstantin clinical and research interests continueto focus on identification of novel autoantibodies and biomarkers for autoimmune diseases, the development of innovative diagnostic technologies, and the relationship of the autoimmune response to disease mechanisms.

Professor
Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
University of New Mexico
USA

Ko-Hsiu Lu  

Research Interest:

Orthopedics

Professor
Department of Orthopedics
Chung Shan Medical University Hospital
Taiwan

Fotini B Karassa  

Research Interest:

Systemic lupus erythematosus and particularly neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus; Biologic treatments in the autoimmune diseases; Evidence-based medicine and particularly meta-analyses related to controversial issues in the field of rheumatology

Lecturer
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Ioannina
Greece

Ming Pei  

Research Interest:

Dr. Ming research focuses on
  • Cartilage, bone, intervertebral disc, and meniscus tissue engineering and regeneration
  • Adult stem cell proliferation and differentiation
  • Decellularized stem cell matrix and reconstruction of in vitro 3D microenvironment
  • Chondrogenic, osteogenic, and adipogenic signaling pathways and epigenetic regulation

Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
West Virginia University
USA

Jon D Piganelli  

Research Interest:

The lab is also interested in studying how environmental triggers affect the progression of autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes. We have begun to dissect the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER-stress) in beta cells as a result of normal protein production and how this ER-stress may lead to an aberrant immune response in those individuals that are genetically predisposed to autoimmunity. Essentially, it appears that the normal physiological response to ER-stress results in the recognition of ER-stress associated proteins by the immune system as being foreign.

Associate professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Immunology
USA

Diane E Adamo  

Research Interest:

My line of research investigates sensorimotor control of human movement in healthy young and older adults and, more recently, in people who suffered a stroke. With regard to the upper extremity, a central theme of my work is to understand the contribution of hand dominance to asymmetries in upper extremity sensorimotor control. Parallel lines of research include the contribution of physical activity to age-related differences in sensorimotor processing and functional fitness.

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Care Sciences
Wayne State University
USA

Takayuki Fujita  

Research Interest:

  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Systemic vasculitis

Professor
Department of Nephrology, Hypertension and Endocrinology
Nihon University School of Medicine
Japan

Eva R Chin  

Research Interest:

Dr. Eva research is focused on the mechanisms of altered skeletal muscle function in the context of health and disease. Specifically my current research program has focused on alterations in intracellular Ca2+ regulation, an important signal in both regulating muscle force production and muscle gene expression in specialized sub-types (i.e. fast vs. slow) of skeletal muscle. The pathways I identified as a post-doctoral fellow (calcineurin/NFAT and CamKII signaling) that play a role in regulating muscle gene expression in slow vs. fast muscles also appear to be dysregulated in various neuromuscular diseases. My current research has uncovered the molecular mechanisms altered in skeletal muscle in muscular dystrophy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) that lead to Ca2+ overload and cell death as well as altered gene expression. In addition we were first to describe the associated changes in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in skeletal muscle in these neuromuscular diseases. My lab has a basic science approach, evaluating mechanisms and therapeutic approaches in animal models and identifying biomarkers of disease. We also use a translational approach where we collaborative with clinicians to evaluate the utility of these biomarkers for diagnostic or prognostic clinical assays.

Assistant Professor
Therapeutics Division
University of Maryland
USA

Jon Von Visger  

Research Interest:

Transplant Immunology; Antibody disease processes mechanisms of tissue injury; Regeneration with Stem Cells Mechanisms of Acute Renal Failure Biocompatible and Biosynthetic Dialysis Membranes Pathophysiology of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Ohio State University
USA

Anwen Sian Williams  

Research Interest:

Dr. Anwen research is focused on the Development and characterization of in vitro and in vivo models that recapitulate cellularmolecular and architectural features of inflammatory joint disease. Identification and examination of cellular and molecular mechanisms that orchestrate cell trafficking, inflammation-induced tissue injury and reparative responses.

Reader
Section of Rheumatology, Institute of Infection and Immunity
Cardiff University School of Medicine
UK

Mehmet SOY  

Research Interest:

  • Inflammatory and noninflammatory rheumatic diseases:
  • Behcet's Disesese
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Tendency to atherosclerosis in rheumatic diseases

Professor
Rheumatology & Internal Medicine
Hisar Intercontinental Hospital
Turkey

Chris Griffin  

Research Interest:

Muscle regeneration; Muscle stem cells; Cell Migration; Odorant Receptors; Chemokines Cytokines; Diabetes- with respect to muscle only Clathrin (heavy chains, light chains, CHC22)

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Ohio University
USA

Yap Yat Hin Desmond  

Research Interest:

  • Immunopathogenesis and the use of immunosuppressive treatments in lupus nephritis
  • Infections in renal failure patients

Assistant Professor
Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Mason B Frazier  

Research Interest:

Radiology; Musculoskeletal

Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
USA

Temy MOK Mo Yin  

Research Interest:

Dr. Temy interests are Clinical features and pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus, Vascular manifestations of rheumatic diseases

Assistant Professor
Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Susan Yung  

Research Interest:

Dr. Yung research focuses on the immuno-pathogenesis of lupus nephritis with particular emphasis on inflammatory and fibrotic processes in the kidney.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Swee Tian Quek  

Research Interest:

Medical Imaging; Breast Imaging; Musculoskeletal Imaging; Quality and Safety Issues in Imaging

Head
Department of Diagnostic Imaging
National University of Singapore
Singapore

Qinghang (Chris) Liu  

Research Interest:

Dr. Liu research interest is molecular mechanisms of cardiac muscle function and disease. Attached is my CV. Please let me know if you need further information.

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
University of Washington
USA

Antonio G. Tristano  

Research Interest:



Rheumatology Department
Centro M├ędico Docente La Trinidad
Spain