Grants to pursue a new direction in research for treating rheumatoid arthritis and lupus were handed out late last month by the National Institutes of Health to support work being done at 11 research centers across the country, including rheumatology researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. They aim to come up with a new model of how the autoimmune diseases develop in people, said Larry W. Moreland, chief of Pitt’s division of rheumatology and clinical immunology. “It’s aimed at getting the tissue involved with the disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, it’s the tissue from the joints; with lupus, we will look at tissue from the kidneys,” Dr. Moreland said. Patients will provide the tissue, which will be processed with what he called sophisticated new technology ”to see if we can understand the disease better.”

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