September is arthritis awareness month, and in Canada, over 2 million people live with arthritis and related autoimmune conditions. There is no cure for these debilitating diseases, some of which can be deadly.
On September 23, 2018 members of the community came together to support critical research for arthritis and autoimmune conditions at the 19th annual Day at the Races fundraiser. Participants heard from Dr. Ed Keystone, a leading rheumatologist and Director of Mount Sinai’s Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease, (RMCAD) about some of the novel findings in the field of rheumatoid arthritis.
“Myself and my colleague, Dr. Kathy Siminovitch, are working to understand why biologics work for some patients and not others, and ultimately, why they stop working altogether,” said Dr. Keystone. “We’ve already identify 100 genes associated with risk for rheumatoid arthritis, so we hope that by applying this genetic information, we can guide better treatment decisions in our clinics.”
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