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Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Study Section [ACTS]

The Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Sciences [ACTS] Study Section reviews basic and clinical research applications dealing with the biology and diseases of joints, connective tissue, and skin.



  • Biology of the joint and connective tissue, including structure and function of cartilage, synovium, extracellular matrix, capsule, joint fluid, blood vessels, innervation, immune system and other organs affected by rheumatic diseases.
  • Biology, physiology, development and homeostasis of the skin and skin appendages, including neuroendocrinology, skin pigmentation and immunology.
  • Inheritable, inflammatory and degenerative diseases (including osteoarthritis) of joints and connective tissues.
  • Rheumatic diseases (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, vasculitides, polymyalgia rheumatica, palindromic arthritis, Lyme arthritis, septic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, crystal-induced diseases and undifferentiated connective tissue diseases).
  • Disorders of skin and skin appendages, such as wound healing and pressure ulcers; inflammatory, allergic, pre-neoplastic, blistering, fibrotic and hyperproliferative disorders; systemic diseases with significant cutaneous involvement. Included in the disorders are: dermatitis, keloids, fibrosis, psoriasis and bullous diseases.
  • Skin interactions with the environment: skin carcinogenesis, melanoma, photoaging, UV sensitivity reactions, transdermal drug delivery, skin barrier function, skin microbiology.

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