The federal grants will support the work of two OMRF scientists who are investigating different aspects of autoimmune disease: Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., and Joan Merrill, M.D.
National Institutes of Health
The project will focus on comparing certain immune cells in patients with Sjögren’s to those of healthy controls.
Every year an estimated 7.9 million children are born with a serious birth defect of genetic or partially genetic origin.
The grant will provide Bob Axtell with $2.8 million to study NMO and investigate its similarities to other autoimmune diseases, particularly MS.
The award is part of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program.
OMRF scientist Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D., will use the funds to pursue general research projects related to cell division.