CHICAGO --- John Varga, M.D., professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named the Gallagher Research Professor in Rheumatology.
Varga is an internationally recognized leader in scleroderma research with a long-term interest in fibroblast biology and fibrosis. The goal of his studies is to understand the process of scarring that results from tissue injury in the skin, lungs and kidneys, and in association with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
A fundamental assumption is that scarring in all of these organs and diverse pathological processes involve similar cellular and molecular mechanisms, and that effective treatments can be developed from understanding these mechanisms.
Varga’s research is both multidisciplinary and translational, spanning laboratory and clinical investigation.
Varga has received numerous awards, including the Heroes Award in 2001 from the Arthritis Foundation and the Founder’s Award in 2003 from the National Scleroderma Foundation, which, along with the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, has given him substantial grant support.
Before joining Northwestern in 2004, Varga was Director of Rheumatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and taught at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
Varga has edited 2 books, and authored 20 book chapters and over 160 medical and scientific publications. In 1991 The Scientist cited his paper describing the new disease of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome as a “Hot Paper.”