In addition to joining the ACR’s governing body, Dr. Sheikh has been appointed to serve as the ACR Board of Directors liaison to the Collaborative Initiatives Department (COIN). The COIN department highlights rheumatology’s relevance to the healthcare community and public by using rheumatic diseases as case studies for treating complex disease, advancing health equity, eliminating … Continued
Alpha-Gal Syndrome, or AGS, is a recently identified tick-borne disease that triggers an allergy to red meat and other products made from mammals, including cheese, gelatin, and medications like heparin. Since its discovery in 2009, cases in the United States alone have risen from 24 to >40,000 people, owing to the geographic spread of the … Continued
The findings were identified in an orally susceptible murine model of peanut allergy and in pediatric patients with peanut allergy. Dr. Steinbach characterized increased intestinal epithelial cell barrier permeability in mice with peanut allergy and identified elevated Angiopoietin-like 4 as a possible contributor to this phenomenon. Because severe allergic reactions to peanut are associated with … Continued
The 2-year grant will help build capacity to address health disparities through antimicrobial stewardship telehealth and telemonitoring. The name of the grant is: “A novel patient-led penicillin allergy de-labeling program targeting underserved children through a mobile-enabled virtual platform.” Dr. Kwan is an Allergy & Immunology faculty member in the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, and … Continued
This novel, randomized clinical trial will evaluate if vitamin K supplementation impacts pain and function in patients with knee OA who are vitamin K insufficient. There is a growing body of epidemiological, genetic and biochemical evidence that vitamin K plays a role in maintaining joint health. The study will provide initial data in support of … Continued
Dr. Richard F. Loeser is the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Doug Phanstiel – who is in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology – is the principal investigator, and Dr. Loeser is a co-principal investigator for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and … Continued
Lara Longobardi, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. The research showed early deletion of Ccr2 in aggrecan-expressing cells reduces the initiation, but not the progression, of post traumatic osteoarthritis and its associated pain. View the article published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
Saira Sheikh, MD, associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, was the UNC Principal Investigator. The study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, explored treating adults with cutaneous lupus using litifilimab. The trial was conducted at UNC’s Clinical & Translational Research Center (CTRC), a resource through North Carolina Translational and … Continued
Ginny and Doug Ware have partnered with Saira Sheikh, MD, to support a new fund that will advance science and improve the lives of individuals with autoimmune diseases. Their generous gift was used to create the Virginia A. and Douglas R. Ware Fund for Excellence in Autoimmune Diseases. “This new Fund will support my vision for a program … Continued
Kelli Allen, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy, and immunology, received a grant for a project titled “Optimizing Osteoarthritis Care Through Clinical & Community Partnerships.” The project addresses a critical need to improve care for patients with OA through an evidence-based, comprehensive and sustainable care model. Learn more.
Saira Sheikh, MD, the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, and research associate Tessa Englund, PhD, MPH, described the barriers in lupus clinical trial enrollment and how they can be addressed to ensure equitable representation. Read the article published in Rheumatology Advisor.
Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, offered his perspective to Healio regarding tips to optimize oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy. Kim is chief of UNC Pediatric Allergy & Immunology. Read the article.