Research at HSS is dedicated to the study of musculoskeletal disorders and the improvement of the quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Researchers and their associated post-doctoral fellows and technical staff are focused on the following programs of research: arthritis and tissue degeneration; autoimmunity and inflammation; musculoskeletal integrity; and genetics and organogenesis. Residents and Fellows may elect research projects within any of these areas.
In addition to the division's basic science research laboratories, there are several core facilities. Hospital for Special Surgery has held NIH-NIAMS core center grants, focused on musculoskeletal integrity. Patient registries for gene discovery are available for lupus, pediatric lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, and osteoporosis.
Residents and Fellows are intimately integrated into a full spectrum of clinical and basic science studies. The close relationship between the clinical and basic researchers enables a rapid application of scientific discovery to clinical problems. The basic science faculty interacts with Residents throughout their entire training and provides a continual stimulus for research.
Residents and Fellows are encouraged to work in the laboratories pending the availability of time and the presence of sustained interest. Research fellowships are offered, and a number of residents spend one year or more doing basic or applied clinical research. Due to time constraints, there is not a mandated regularly scheduled time during the prescribed residency curriculum for basic science research. Nevertheless, each year, one or two Residents have accomplished basic science projects in areas such as tissue engineering, cell biology, pathology, biochemistry, and metabolic bone disease.