[Arthritis, Rheumatology, and Autoimmune Diseases] An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation
Nutrition and the Microbiome in Arthritis Journeys
The fascinating relationship between our immune system and the microbiome (trillions of microorganisms residing in our intestine) continues to be the subject of intense investigation. By altering the composition and/or characteristics of the microbiome, scientists could potentially modulate the immune system and bolster its proper functioning. In this issue, you will read new published work on the subject supported by ANRF from Dr. Martin Kriegel’s group (Yale University). That is in addition to work of current ANRF awardee, Dr. Tieshi Li, in Osteoarthritis. A new educational, patient-centric initiative at ANRF called Arthritis Journeys is also described here, among other useful tips and updates. Yours, Zaher Nahle PhD, CEO, ANRF
Side Lined by Soccer but a Key Player in the Research Field
Dr Li Tieshi has an outstanding research and academic background. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush University. As an avid fan soccer fan, Dr. Tieshi didn’t just watch from the sidelines but enjoyed playing the game. Unfortunately, an injury to his right knee eleven years ago not only limited his participation but led to post-traumatic OA progression.
As the population continues to grow so do those requiring aid and assistance. There are thousands of charities looking for donations and funding, with extremely varied needs, so how do we as individuals decide where our time and donations will have the greatest impact?
We have all heard or been told at one point “you are what you eat.” A healthy well-balanced diet is important for all of us, but did you know as an arthritis or autoimmune patient that this saying is particularly apt? The importance of the medication and therapeutics prescribed for patients by their doctors can not be over stated. Patients however can contribute to their own well being by looking closer to home.
Our gut acts as a reservoir for trillions of commensal microbiotas (organisms that derive food and other benefits without harming or benefitting their host). In healthy individuals these microorganisms do not elicit a pathological immune response.
Creating Strong Connections in the ANRF Family – Share Your Story!
At ANRF we are privileged to be able to get to know the patients that will potentially benefit from the research we fund. These patients are an inspiration to the foundation as well as the researchers we support. Many of these patients are themselves advocates and warriors in the fight to find improved treatment regimens and eventually a cure. Their stories contribute significantly to a better understanding of the impact these conditions can have and where research can have its greatest influence.