Purpose of Study: This research is being done to find out if bacteria contained within the body of patients with Inflammatory Arthritis may play a role in activating inflammation and immune responses.
- Age > 18
- Patients diagnosed with RA
- Patients with active knee effusion requiring aspiration
Michelle K. Jones, B.S.
Jemima Albayda, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Albayda's research involves harnessing muscle ultrasound for the evaluation of inflammatory muscle disease. Together with collaborators from the Applied Physics Lab, she is pioneering work applying machine intelligence to ultrasound interpretation in order to decrease the subjectivity and allow for automated tools. She is also involved in multimodal collaborative studies with Radiology, and works with other investigators in the Division of Rheumatology to provide an imaging assessment for their studies. She is the principal investigator for an investigator-initiated trial for Pioglitazone in Inclusion Body Myositis.