Feinstein Institute

Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders


While many Feinstein laboratories focus on autoimmune diseases, Betty Diamond, MD, and others in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases focus on a very disabling condition called systemic lupus erythematosus, a condition that affects 1 million Americans and can trigger a wide range of symptoms.

The scientists attack lupus from all directions – the basic biology of the disease and its core symptoms to clinical care and treatment of patients with the latest experimental therapies. In the laboratory, scientists study the biological events that take place during the disease process in an effort to understand how this autoimmune disorder targets a variety of tissues.

The Feinstein scientists in the Center also study how the disease plays out in the brain, and have identified novel processes that could ultimately guide the development of targeted treatments. In addition to basic research, the
Feinstein has a large clinical center devoted to the study of lupus patients. Laboratories within the Center also focus on unravelling the genetic and biological basis of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

With research clinics in the Bronx, Queens and Long Island, patients can get the help they need to treat their disease and be a part of cutting-edge research.

Center Labs consist of the Laboratory of Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders, led by  Betty Diamond, MD; the Laboratory of Autoimmune Diseases, led by  Anne Davidson, MD; the Program for Autoimmune Disease Clinical Research, led by  Meggan Mackay, MD, and Cynthia Aranow, MD