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CIHR supports UM researchers in quest to curtail rheumatoid arthritis in Indigenous populations – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202089 Views

March 18, 2020 —

A Rady Faculty of Health Sciences research team was awarded $1.6 million dollars from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for a multipronged project focused on rheumatoid arthritis in First Nations people that will include a clinical trial to see whether the combination of turmeric, omega-3 and vitamin D can reduce the risk of the autoimmune disease.

The interdisciplinary team is one of only four research groups in Canada to receive funding from CIHR’s Human Immunology Research Teams grant, an initiative to study autoimmune diseases with the goal of improving the knowledge of the human immune system.

“We’re delighted to receive this CIHR funding, but we also recognize the challenges ahead in undertaking such an interdisciplinary project,” said Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy, professor of medicine and immunology and Endowed Rheumatology Research Chair, Max Rady College of Medicine.

The project, titled Prediction and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis in First Nations People, has three aims. The first aim is to improve biomarkers in predicting whether someone will develop rheumatoid arthritis.

Read More: https://news.umanitoba.ca/cihr-supports-um-researchers-in-quest-to-curtail-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-indigenous-populations/

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