The award-winning Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence at OMRF is one of the preeminent MS research and treatment centers in the world.
Scientists have long known lupus has a strong genetic component, but there also must be environmental triggers to activate the disease.
In MS, immune cells attack the protective covering of nerves in the brain, causing vision problems, tremors, paralysis, painful spasms, imbalance and cognitive changes.
Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system becomes unbalanced and turns on the body instead of protecting it.
Common symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome include severe dry eyes and dry mouth, as well as fatigue, arthritis and memory problems.
OMRF scientist Patrick Gaffney has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant to investigate the underlying mechanisms that lead to lupus onset.