Dr. Christopher-Stine''s research work, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS), centers upon the development of a comprehensive database of patients evaluated at The National Institutes of Health with autoimmune myositis and related diseases. Dr. Christopher-Stine is utilizing her training in epidemiology and biostatistics to develop improved diagnostic and classification criteria for these diseases.
Dr. Christopher-Stine has established a prospective myositis cohort at Johns Hopkins Hospital to undertake a longitudinal cohort study and initiate future intervention protocols for patients with autoimmune myositis. She is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for multiple myositis clinical trials taking place at Johns Hopkins.
She has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary center for clinical research in which clinical, serologic, imaging, and pathologic information is collected in a systematic manner, with standardized follow-up at quarterly clinic visits. Additionally, blood samples are collected, on average, twice yearly, including storage for future studies.