Michigan Bowel Control Program (MBCP)
Our Michigan Bowel Control Program (MBCP) is a multidisciplinary program that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of defecation disorders and other disorders of the posterior pelvic floor, including bowel incontinence, constipation, rectovaginal fistulas and pelvic organ prolapse (enterocele, cystocele, urethrocele, rectocele, rectal prolapse, uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse). Our team includes experts in the fields of urogynecology, gastroenterology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, GI physiology and colon/rectal surgery.
Myositis is the general term used to describe inflammation of the muscles.
Dermatomyositis (DM), polymyositis (PM), inclusion-body myositis (IBM) and juvenile forms of myositis (JM & PM) are considered inflammatory myopathies (diseases of the muscle with swelling and loss of muscle).
Inflammatory myopathies are thought to be autoimmune, meaning the body’s immune system, which normally fights infections and viruses, does not stop fighting once the infection or virus is gone. The immune system then attacks the body's own normal, healthy tissue through inflammation or swelling. All of these diseases can cause progressive muscle weakness and characteristic rashes.
Please see the following related programs at the University of Michigan:
CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE - PULMONARY HYPERTENSION
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LUPUS PROGRAM
MICHIGAN LUPUS EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM (MILES)
MiLES is a project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish population-based lupus registries to further the epidemiological goals of the National Arthritis Action Plan (NAAP).
The Unversity of Michigan received a grant of authority from the State of Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to develop and implement a Surveillance Database with the purpose of identifying all cases of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and related connective tissue diseases in Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
CHRONIC PAIN AND FATIGUE RESEARCH CENTER
The Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center is a multidisciplinary center committed to improving recognition, understanding and management of disorders distinguished by symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue such as Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Gulf War Illness.
RHEUMATIC DISEASES CORE CENTER (RDCC)
The University of Michigan Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Center (UM-RDCC) is a broadly based effort involving approximately eighty faculty, who seek to apply a broad range of research skills, backgrounds, and approaches to investigation of fundamental issues in the etiology and pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases and in development of a scientific basis for novel therapeutics. The UM-RDCC fosters collaborations between investigators in thematic areas of research strength and interest, such as development and testing of innovative therapeutics, analysis of immune mechanisms in rheumatic diseases and investigation of organ-targeted inflammatory and tissue remodeling pathways. The UM-RDCC also fosters disease-focused laboratory and translational research linked to clinical research programs.