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October 2017

Click here to view the recent Pulmonary Hypertension & Scleroderma Brochure written and developed by Dr. Khanna for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

September 2017

Doctors, professors, and scientists from the ASSET study met from around the world at the University of Michigan to discuss the progress of the study, as well as the successes of its collaboration.

August 2017

Dr. Khanna serves as a member of the Teaching Faculty at the 18th Singapore Society of Rheumatology-Malaysian Society of Rheumatology Workshops in Rheumatology 2017. Click here to view a schedule of the pre-congress workshops, here to see events involving Dr. Khanna, or click here to learn more about the full event.

July 2017

The STAR Trial of Habeo Cell Therapy in Patients with Scleroderma announces details and results from its study. This form of cell therapy appears to benefit patients with the diffuse form of the disease, representing a valuable new piece of information for the field. Click here to read more about the STAR trial and the announcement from Cytori.

The 2017 Scleroderma Foundation National Patient Education Conference will be held from July 21 to July 23 in Chandler, Arizona. Click here to learn more or register for this event.

June 2017

NIAMS (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) hosted a Twitter chat on June 29, with experts from across the nation participating. A recap of this Twitter chat can be accessed by clicking here.

On June 4, 2017, the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter will host its annual Stampede Scleroderma event: a 5k at the Detroit Zoo to raise money for scleroderma research, support, and education. Online registration is open until the race, or you can register in-person the day of the event. Click here to learn more, register, or donate to an individual or team.

March 2017

The University of Michigan Division of Rheumatology releases the Autumn 2016 edition of its newsletter, RheUMinations. This edition features information on the Scleroderma Program, including the RESCUE study, Dr. Tsou's New Investigator Award, and a number of presentations to be held during the 2016 ACR National Meeting. Click here to read a copy of this newsletter.

February 2017

Dr. Khanna and colleagues publish "Standardization of the modified Rodnan skin score for use in clinical trials of systemic sclerosis." Click here to access a PDF of the article from the Journal of Scleroderma and Related Disorders.

November 2016

The University of Michigan Division of Rheumatology releases the Autumn 2016 edition of its newsletter, RheUMinations. This edition features information on the Scleroderma Program, including the RESCUE study, Dr. Tsou's New Investigator Award, and a number of presentations to be held during the 2016 ACR National Meeting. Click here to read a copy of this newsletter.

August 2016

Professor Khanna attends the First Scleroderma meeting arranged by the Indian Rheumatology Association in Bangalore, India.

July 2016

State of art article on hand impairment in scleroderma was recently published by the UM Scleroderma Program and Occupational Therapy Division in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Click here to view a PDF of the article.

UM Scleroderma team leads a pilot study of pirfenidone in scleroderma-associated lung fibrosis. Click here to read more.

June 2016

The Scleroderma Program hosted its Scleroderma Update event, where patients were able to talk to doctors and coordinators about the latest research. Click here to view a PDF with pictures from the event.

Dr. Khanna is honored in the Spring 2016 edition of Medicine at Michigan. Click here to read more.

UM Scleroderma Program publishes pilot study of acupressure in Raynaud’s phenomenon. Read more about the study here.

Dr. Khanna publishes "Emerging strategies for treatment of systemic sclerosis." Read more about the study here.

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, UM Scleroderma Research team members participated in the 2016 Stampede Scleroderma Walk at the Detroit Zoo.  As part of the event, a 10K run, 5K run, 1 mile run, and a Zoo walk were all offered to participants. There was a tremendous turnout for the event, and best of all, we missed the rain by minutes!

May 2016

UM Director is the lead author for 2 large clinical trials in scleroderma. Read more here, or learn more about the Effect of Macitentan on the Development of New Ischemic Digital Ulcers in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis here.

Dr. Khanna publishes findings of the FaSScinate study in The Lancet. Read more here and here. 

February 2016

Dr. Tsou receives the Marta Marx Fund for the Eradication of Scleroderma. Read more here.

Dr. Khanna and the UM Scleroderma Program led the development of the American College of Rheumatology's Provisional Composite Response Index for Clinical Trials in Early Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis, which has the potential to revolutionize the conduct of clinical trials in systemic sclerosis. Click here and here for more information.

Composite Response Index for Early Diffuse Cutaneous SSc 

December 2015

Dr. Dinesh Khanna receives award from the American College of Rheumatology:
"The award is part of the ACR Awards of Distinction, a series of awards given out annually by the ACR to recognize its membersí contributions and service to the field of rheumatology."
Read more.

September 2015

Dr. Khanna to Speak on Scleroderma at the Harvard Rheumatology CME Program in September 2015. Read more.

The APLAR 2015 meeting, organized by the American College of Rheumatology, is held in Chennai, India.

APLAR 2015 Group Photo

August 2015

Dr. Dinesh Khanna awarded the Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award by the American College of Rheumatology.

"The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award is awarded to a young physician scientist, age 45 or younger by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of rheumatology."

The Prospective Registry of Systemic Sclerosis (PRESS) is featured in Scleroderma Voice magazine. The PRESS Registry recently recieved the Scleroderma Foundation Collaborative Research (SCORE) grant.

June 2015

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Actemra in Systemic Sclerosis. Read more here and here.

April 2015

Dr. Khanna presents at the 33rd Annual Carl M. Pearson Memorial Symposium in April 2015. 

January 2015

U-M researcher receive $7M to study scleroderma treatment. Read more.

Cytori and Leading Expert Discuss Importance of ‘STAR’ Trial and Treatment for Scleroderma Patients. Read more.

December 2014

Meeting of the The Prospective Registry of Systemic Sclerosis (PRESS) at the University of Michigan. The project spans 11 centers, and met to standardize and align research efforts in the various fields at each center.

November 2014

Medical School honors 70 faculty and staff at Dean’s Awards, research league events.

The University of Michigan Medical School recently celebrated outstanding faculty and staff during a pair of awards ceremonies in the Gilbert S. Omenn Atrium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.

Dr. Dinesh Khanna was honored with the Dean’s Awards for his service to the school’s tripartite mission. He received this award for being an outstanding educator, investigator and clinician.

October 2014

Please read about Dr. Khanna featured in the Americal Journal of Gastroenterology. Read more.

May 2014

Dr. Dinesh Khanna Featured in the May 2014 IRA e-bulletin.
Read more.

April 16, 2014


U-M, MSU discovery brings researchers one step closer to unraveling devastating disease. Read more.

April 3, 2014


Colleagues from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan have identified the core signaling pathway that activates the disease and the chemical compounds that can turn it off. Read more.

Article from the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

February 6-8, 2014

Dr. Khanna was invited to speak at the 3rd Systemic Sclerosis World Congress in Rome, Italy. He was also on the Steering Committee.


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