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Vol. 4 / Issue 9

An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation

September 2021

Emily Boyd Stormoen
Chief Executive Officer

As fall begins, it’s that time of year of renewed energy and focus. In this issue of The Chronicle, read about the research of ANRF grant recipients Susan MacLauchlan, Ph.D. and Tam Quach, Ph.D., how to register for the September 22nd Osteoarthritis Researcher Spotlight webinar, anti-inflammatory recipes to make for one (or to host a gathering), and learn more about lupus.

Researcher Spotlight Series

Next Wednesday, September 22nd, the ANRF will host the first of a five-part Researcher Spotlight Series happening this fall. The initial webinar, on Osteoarthritis, will feature presentations by panelists Denis Evseenko, M.D., Ph.D., Mick Jurynec, Ph.D. and Rachel E. Miller, Ph.D., and be moderated by Anne-Marie Malfait, M.D., Ph.D. of Rush Medical College and Martin K. Lotz, M.D. of Scripps Research Institute. Like each of the five webinars this fall, there will be a Q&A and discussion portion for attendee participation. Find out more about each webinar and register to attend.

 

Food for Thought – Leading a Fruitful Life

“Vegetables are food of the earth, but fruits taste of the heavens.” – Terri Guillemets. This month’s recipes celebrate fruit and vegetables—from a tropical smoothie to a deliciously dark decadent chocolate orange pudding.

 

Susan MacLauchlan, Ph.D.—Understanding CVD Risk in RA patients

Risk for heart disease is nearly doubled in rheumatoid arthritis patients when compared to the general public. Traditional risk factors do not account for this increased risk in RA patients. Susan MacLauchlan, Ph.D. is using her ANRF research grant to determine cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and how these contribute to putting the vascular system at greater risk in RA patients.

 

Tam Quach, Ph.D.—Balancing B cells

When the stability of a B cell is disrupted, cells produce auto-antibodies which can cause the immune system to mistakenly attack its own cells. In many instances when this happens, it leads to patients developing a secondary autoimmune disease such as lupus. Tam Quach, Ph.D., an ANRF scholar, is researching the mechanisms behind why this occurs and anticipating that results could aid in the development of preventative therapies and determining patients at a greater risk.

 

Positive Tea: Four teas to fight inflammation

A cup of tea is a habit for many, something to sip for solace and comfort for others, and often overlooked are its health benefits it provides to everyone. The phytochemicals in tea can aid in preventing oxidative damage to cells and help reduce excess inflammation. These four teas have many health benefits, each offering something specific.

 

Defining Lupus: Beyond SLE

Systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE for short, is the condition most referred to when lupus is generally discussed. While it is the most common, it is not the only form of lupus that affects patients or that ANRF researchers focus on. This brief overview provides insight about SLE and three other forms of lupus.

 
 
 

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