Research Update - March 2007
From the Chair, Research Advisory Council, Philip L. Cohen, MD
A large number of projects the Arthritis Foundation funds are considered basic science. That means we support areas such as genetics, immunology, biochemistry and cell biology to identify the underlying causes of arthritis. For this issue of Research Update, we are going to focus on innate immunity, an important concept that is essential to arthritis-related research. We will first introduce the innate immune system, then review Toll-like receptors and their role in autoimmune disease. We will then summarize three research projects focused on aspects of innate immunity. To lighten things up, we have included an interview with one of our scientists, Jessica Hamerman, PhD, to learn more about her life beyond the laboratory.