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Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project Play Key Role in Study that Identifies New Genetic Marker for Osteoarthritis

February 20, 2017

The study, which combined the results of genetic data analysis from four well-defined population groups identified a new genetic marker associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA) among North American Caucasians. The genetic marker may identify people who are at increased chance of developing OA. The new findings can help scientists better understand the genetic mechanisms behind OA development and its progression, as well find new methods to prevent and treat OA. Importantly, the study also confirmed three other previously identified genetic markers associated with knee OA.

Dr. Joanne Jordan Writes “Perspective” Piece Regarding Study Showing Older Adults With Arthritis Can Benefit From Just 45 Minutes of Exercise Weekly

January 30, 2017

Federal guidelines suggest older adults with osteoarthritis (OA) engage in a total of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise a week, completed in increments of at least 10 minutes. For a variety of reasons, only about 10% of older adults with knee OA meet this goal. The good news, however, is researchers have found that as little as 45 minutes of moderate exercise such as walking weekly (even if not completed in 10-minutes segments) can still provide significant benefits.

Doug Phanstiel, PhD, Receives Grant to Research DNA Looping Related to Inflammation and Immune Response

January 26, 2017

Thurston Arthritis Research Center scientist Doug Phanstiel, PhD, has received a three-year “Independence Award” grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH. The research he will conduct under this grant is designed to help scientists better understand a variety of biological processes that play key roles in regulating immune cell development, including DNA looping and regulation of transcription.

Dr. Edwin Kim Interviewed by WRAL TV Regarding New Peanut Allergy Guidelines

January 6, 2017

The National Institutes of Health have issued important new guidelines that are relevant for parents of children with peanut allergy. Thurston Allergist Edwin Kim, MD helps explain the significance of the guidelines, which are a departure from much of the traditional wisdom related to children with food allergies.

Dr. Amanda Nelson awarded grant to evaluate feasibility and reliability of using ultrasound technology for study of knee osteoarthritis; also assumes leadership role in national rheumatology association

December 20, 2016

Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, a rheumatologist at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, has received the “Innovative Research Award” from the Rheumatology Research Foundation. This grant will enable her to study the association between features of osteoarthritis (OA) that are observable with ultrasound compared to radiographic (X-ray) observations and symptoms, as well as the potential influence of factors such as age, sex, race, obesity and prior injury.

TARC Researchers Provide Leadership and New Scientific Findings at 2016 ACR/ARHP Meeting

November 21, 2016

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) annual conference is the world’s premier meeting of its type and provides important research and clinical updates that benefit the scientific community, physicians and patients. At this year’s conference Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC) experts played key roles in helping advance research and initiatives that are focused on improving the lives of people affected by rheumatologic diseases.