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NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIAMS/      

National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases: Mission


The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) was established in 1986. It conducts and supports basic, clinical, and epidemiological research and research training, and disseminates information on many of the most debilitating diseases affecting the Nation's health. Many of these diseases are chronic. They afflict millions of Americans causing tremendous human suffering and costing the U.S. billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity. These diseases include the many forms of arthritis and numerous diseases of the musculoskeletal system and of the skin.

The institute also conducts and supports basic research on the normal structure and function of joints, muscles, bones, and skin. Basic research involves a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including immunology, genetics, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, physiology, virology, and pharmacology. Clinical research addresses rheumatology, orthopedics, derma-tology, metabolic bone diseases, heritable disorders of bone and cartilage, inherited and inflammatory muscle diseases, and sports medicine.


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