"The Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant Program
Finding the Cause and Cure for Scleroderma"
John Varga, MD
"Fall Research Forum"
November 17, 2018
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About Dr. Varga:
Dr. Varga earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University, NY and a Doctor of
Medicine degree from New York University. He currently serves as the John and Nancy Hughes
Distinguished Professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Director of the Scleroderma Program
at Northwestern in Chicago.
Dr. Varga has worked as a clinician and scientist engaged in basic science and clinical research. His
research efforts, which have been supported continuously by the National Institutes of Health, encompass biochemistry,
cell and molecular biology, signaling, and more recently, immunology, biomarkers, and genetic studies. His work has
resulted in the publication of more than 220 original papers, reviews, and book chapters, and more than 200 abstracts.
Though proud of the work he has accomplished as a physician/scientist, Dr. Varga’s role as a mentor to young faculty and
trainees at Northwestern is his most important and enjoyable. He has mentored numerous students and has supervised
the research training of more than 20 residents and post-doctoral fellows, several of whom are currently engaged
in active research. Dr. Varga recently served as the Chair of the SF Research Grant Program and is a member of the Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board.