RSV is the leading cause of viral bronchiolitis and pneumonia worldwide, infecting more than 50 percent of children in their first year of life and nearly 100 percent by age 2.
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.
The project will focus on comparing certain immune cells in patients with Sjögren’s to those of healthy controls.
Two grants will enable OMRF scientists to examine genes thought to play a role in lupus.
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.