Environmental Autoimmunity Group

Research Summary

Frederick Miller, M.D., Ph.D., is an NIH Scientist Emeritus. He is the former head of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group and studies mechanisms for the development of autoimmune diseases. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, went on to medical residencies at Emory and Stanford, and then did rheumatology and immunology training at the NIH. His work in the field of autoimmune diseases spans four decades and involves many aspects of the environmental risk factors, epidemiology, immunology, genetics, pathogenesis, evaluation, and treatment of immune-mediated diseases.

Miller has focused much of his work on autoimmune muscle diseases and has received a number of awards of distinction. He has authored or co-authored more than 330 research publications, reviews, books, and book chapters. He also co-established and is Emeritus Coordinator of the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group (IMACS). Miller established the Myositis Genetics Consortium (MYOGEN), which is now a part of IMACS, to define new genetic risk and protective factors for myositis and is heading up many studies to identify environmental risk factors for autoimmune diseases. He also organized and led the 2nd Global Conference on Myositis (GCOM) that brought together hundreds of experts from around the world to share their research findings and plan future projects together.