Zhao’s research looks at the underlying causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
The National Institutes of Health awarded the grants, which will fund research on autoimmune diseases and human exposure to anthrax.
Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system becomes unbalanced and turns on the body instead of protecting it.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in adults in the U.S. Understandably, this has led to much concern about the future of arthritis treatment.
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.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., but it isn’t just one disease.