Autoimmune Diseases

Our group is working on autoimmune diseases. An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks itself. Some autoimmune diseases like diabetes 1 only target a single organ, like the pancreas, while others attack the whole body. In recent years, more and more people are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Nobody knows for sure what causes autoimmune diseases, but some may be genetic. Theories behind this include infection and exposure to certain chemicals, having an unhealthy diet, and not being exposed to enough germs as a child, causing the immune system to overreact. Current research focuses on the finding the immunologic root of diseases, using animal models, and developing more effective treatments.

Personally I’m interested in autoimmune diseases because they are similar to allergies, where your immune system also attacks harmless foreign substances. I’m allergic to basically everything so it’d be nice if I could find out why an egg will kill me. Not only that, but my friend has Celiac and I want to find out what can be done to treat diseases like this. These links helped me get a better understanding of autoimmune diseases and what research is being done today:

https://www.healthline.com/health/autoimmune-disorders

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/autoimmune-diseases

 

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