RP Research Scientist Spotlight: Jun Shimizu, MD, PhD

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Meet Dr. Jun Shimuzu, MD, PhD, who specializes in internal medicine and immunology at the St. Marianna University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the epidemiology and immunology of RP. In his research, he and his team found that gut microbes are abnormal in patients with RP.

Awareness-Raising on Steroids: Rheumatologists and Researchers in Illinois Help Make a One-in-a-Million Disease, Relapsing Polychondritis, the State’s Top Google Search

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Awareness is a goal for most disease-focused organizations, but is especially crucial for the Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation (RPASF), which highlights a difficult-to-diagnose autoimmune disease that reportedly affects less than one to 3.5 people per million. Making a rare disease part of the public consciousness is a challenging feat, but thanks to RPASF’s advocacy work, […]

Flying the Checkered Flag for Autoimmune Disease Awareness, Kyle Marcelli Races to Mid-Ohio after Back-to-Back Victories in 2018

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On May 3, Kyle Marcelli will return to Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course after last year’s “Cinderella story,” back-to-back IMSA victories. During the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race in 2018, Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy overcame a weak starting position and a last-minute scare to drive their #60 KohR Motorsports / Roush Performance Ford Mustang GT4 across the finish line first. “I got in […]

Kyle Marcelli Wins AARDA Champion Award for his Drive to Eradicate Autoimmune Diseases

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On May 11, race car driver Kyle Marcelli will be honored for his advocacy work with the Champion Award from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). At the organization’s yearly spring benefit, hosted at the Detroit Athletic Club and aptly themed “Bound by a Common Thread,” attendees will celebrate Marcelli’s success as an ambassador […]