Christina Roark, Ph.D.

Christina Roark, Ph.D.


Role of T Cells in Arthritis

Christina Roark, Ph.D.

National Jewish Medical and Research Center
Denver, CO
The Regulatory Role of Th-17 Like ?d T Cells in Collagen-Induced Arthritis

The importance of the cytokine, IL-17, in autoimmune diseases has led to numerous studies investigating the development of the cytokines they produce. Dr. Roark’s project will examine a certain type of cytokine in the collagen-induced arthritis model. The cytokine response will also be characterized qualitatively and quantitatively. Secondly, Dr. Roark will test whether these cells regulate T cell function during the course of arthritis. Her studies will increase the understanding of these specific T cells during an autoimmune disease; ultimately, the effect on other cells may lead to novel therapeutic options for controlling the disease.

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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