Rheumatoid Arthritis Discoveries with Dr. Shahrara

Rheumatoid Arthritis Discoveries with Dr. Shahrara

Dr. Shahrara Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, goes into depth about her work in rheumatoid arthritis research, translating findings from RA patients to working with animal models to satisfy her lab’s scientific questions. Dr. Shahrara’s lab was one of the first labs to ever discover IL-17 in rheumatoid arthritis and while she is still studying that theme of the disease, her work also has sparked many other labs across the nation to investigate IL-17 further.

Her lab is now looking at pathways in addition to IL-17 and TNF, the main one being TRL-5, which promotes bone erosion by activating TNF and promotes angiogenesis by actuivating IL-17. Dr. Shahrara believes that TRL-5’s connection to these other pathways could lead to further breakthroughs in the field of rheumatoid arthritis down the line.

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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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