Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Secures $480K to Investigate Links Between Viral Infection & Autoimmunity

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Secures $480K to Investigate Links Between Viral Infection & Autoimmunity

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation $480,000 to investigate the long-term effects of viral infections on autoimmunity. OMRF scientist Umesh Deshmukh, Ph.D., received a two-year grant to study how viral infections such as COVID-19 can influence the development of autoimmune diseases. Specifically, his lab will study the effects of a hyperactivated immune system on salivary glands that can ultimately lead to Sjögren’s syndrome.

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

In Sjögren’s syndrome, immune cells attack moisture-producing glands, leading to painful dryness and decreased ability to produce tears or saliva. Common symptoms include severe dry eyes and mouth, fatigue, arthritis, and memory problems.

Sjögren’s may affect up to 4 million Americans, according to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. While its causes are not fully understood, environmental triggers, such as viral infections, are believed to contribute to the development of the disease in individuals who carry certain genetic risk factors.

OMRF Investigation

“We are learning more every day about the long-term side effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and specifically, we h...

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