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Jan Hughes-Austin

Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, UC San Diego

Jan Hughes-Austin obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill), and completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the same institution. After practicing outpatient PT in Alaska and Colorado, she later moved to the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology.

Jan Hughes-Austin is currently an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Her research currently has three goals: a) to determine the associations between rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-related autoantibodies and physical activity in first degree relatives of patients with RA; b) to determine the associations between inflamed joints and physical activity with vertebral bone mineral density in first-degree relatives of patients with RA;  and finally, c) to determine associations between RA-related autoantibodies and lumbar spine bone mineral density in first degree relatives of patients with RA.