MBJ: Area arthritis researcher receives $1.7 million grant
A University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor has received a $1.67 million grant for research into autoimmune arthritis.
Dr. Linda Myers, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the UTHSC College of Medicine, is working to develop new therapeutic approaches to treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The condition, which has an unknown origin and is characterized by autoimmunity, currently has no cure, and available therapies have significant side effects.
Myers research is titled “Inhibitory Receptors and Autoimmune Arthritis,” and the funding is from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. It will be distributed over five years.