Cutting edge science, combined with passion, provides hope.

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Applying advanced research techniques to investigate a newly emerging food allergy is one current focus for Thurston scientists.

Arthritis. Lupus. Food allergies. These are examples of the broad range of diseases that physicians and scientists at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center are focusing on in order to find new ways to help patients live their lives to the fullest.

As a primarily self-funded entity, we rely on the support of sources such as donors to help us continue our search for new and innovative ways to prevent and treat disease, provide compassionate care to patients, and train the next generation of medical specialists who will be tasked with carrying forth this important mission in the future.

Please consider joining our team in supporting innovative work that provides new hope for current and future generations. Your donations can be earmarked for specific types of activities.

Just a few examples of the areas we’re focused on each and every day:

Allergies and Immunology
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Allergies to foods, medications, environmental triggers (dust, pollen, animals)
Hereditary angioedema (swelling of the airway)
Urticaria (rashes) and angioedema (swelling)

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Researchers continue to seek opportunities to bring new treatment options to patients.

Rheumatologic Diseases
Arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.
Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation affecting the spine)
Inflammatory myopathies (chronic muscle inflammation)
Scleroderma (tightening of skin and connective tissues)
Sjogren’s syndrome
Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)

Other Research Areas
Biomechanics related to arthritis
Clinical trials; phases I through IV
Health disparities (gender, race, socioeconomic factors)
Health literacy
Injury prevention
Novel use of imaging technologies in osteoarthritis
Physical activity and weight loss
Psychological and social factors affecting disease and pain