San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
You are cordially invited to a special lecture by Arthritis Ireland’s principal researchers including Professor Gerry Wilson, Professor Ursula Fearon and Dr. Charlene Foley on their "Plans for life-changing research”.
2016 has seen our quest to find a cure continue at pace. Our investment is already producing groundbreaking results and we want to share our updates & future plans with you!
Professor Gerry Wilson, Chair of Rheumatology, and his team in UCD have identified a new protein (C5orf30) which regulates the severity of tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Following the discovery which was published in the scientific journal PNAS, RA patients most likely to suffer the severest effects of the condition can now be identified early and fast-tracked to the more aggressive treatments available.
Professor Fearon, Chair of Molecular Rheumatology TCD, is concentrating her research on developing state-of-the-art basic research techniques and applying them to high quality bio-banked samples to examine the mechanisms of disease in arthritis with the aim of advancing our understanding of the causes of arthritis, predicting the response to therapy and ultimately predicting who can achieve remission while potentially identifying exciting new targets for novel therapies.
This year we have teamed up with the clinicians in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and with Down Syndrome Ireland to investigate the increased risk and incidence of arthritis occurring amongst children with Down Syndrome. Dr. Charlene Foley is the principal researcher on this two-year project which we are supporting and the first of this type of collaboration with another medical charity. Ireland has one of the highest incidence of Down syndrome births (approximately 1/600 live births) compared to other developed countries. We propose to conduct the largest study to date regarding Down’s arthropathy, thus yielding new and informative results that will help to improve the provision of care and quality of life of children with Down’s arthropathy.
To hear more about their pioneering work, why not come to the information talk and questions & answers session on Thursday, October 13th at 7.30pm at the Tercentenary Hall, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, 152 - 160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Admission is FREE.
The groundbreaking event will also include Arthritis Ireland's Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will precede the lecture starting at 6.30pm (members only).