Hospital for Special Surgery scientists Adele Boskey, PhD, and Alessandra Pernis, MD, have received new NIH funding in 2012 to support their explorations into the how and why of bone and autoimmune disease. They conduct laboratory research that may be the first step in developing new treatments for patients.
Dr. Pernis works closely with clinicians in the Mary Kirkland Centers for Lupus Care and Research, where a pilot project is currently underway to measure the levels of kinase in people with lupus. Eventually, she would also like to track whether levels of kinase increase during lupus flares.
“HSS is special because bench research can be translated to the bedside seamlessly. There is true collaboration between laboratory scientists and clinicians,” says Dr. Pernis. “We are all committed to helping patients live full and active lives.”