Anca Catrina team
We are a mixed team of basic and clinical scientists performing translational research in the field of rheumatology with a special focus on rheumatoid arthritis. Using a large array of molecular techniques and having access to national registries and clinical samples we are currently exploring the early pathogenic events leading to chronic joint disease. We focus on understanding how interactions between genes and environment lead first to pathogenic events outside the joint (such as in the lungs and the immune system) and only in a second step to local joint inflammation. We also investigate how hypoxia and antibodies contribute to propagation of chronic joint inflammation and bone destruction.