Think you can’t donate your tissue since you have rheumatoid arthritis? Think again. Researchers want your tissue and blood samples in order to conduct a variety of research projects.
The Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics & Human Genetics , as part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, is examining patterns in the human genome to find specific genetic risks for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus to Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.
Established in 1997 by a group of rheumatologists and researchers from across the country, the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (NARAC) has identified several major risk genes for RA . NARAC is led by Feinstein Institute researcher, Peter K. Gregersen, MD, who identified the two polymorphisms associated with RA and lupus - PTPN22 and STAT4 - years ago.
Although there is still much to know about genetic risk factors rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases, co...
In Funding MS Research: National MS Society, Myelin Repair Foundation, Nancy David Foundation, Montel , I focused upon MS organizations in the United States which directly fund and support researchers. In today’s post, I will introduce you to a few non-profit organizations which are very focused in their purpose and research activities. From patient registeries, to knowledge databases, to tissue samples and brain donations, these smaller organizations and projects are doing some wonderful work in MS research.
NARCOMS (Consortium of MS Centers)
The North American Research Committee On Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) initiated in 1993 by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Project, is led by Dr. Tim Vollmer, an international leader in multiple sclerosis care, immunology, and MS research. With support from United Spinal Association, Paralyzed Veterans Association, National MS Society, and unrestricted grants from pharmaceutical companies,...
Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. Creatinine is removed from the body entirely by the kidneys. This article discusses the test done to measure the amount of creatinine in your urine.
A blood test can also be used to determine your creatinine level. See: Serum creatinine
Urine creatinine test
How the test is performed
A random urine sample or a 24-hour collection may used. For information on how to collect a 24-hour urine sample, see: 24-hour urine collection .
How to prepare for the test
Your health care provider may tell you to temporarily stop taking certain medicines that may interfere with test results. Such medicines include:
How the test will feel
The test involves only normal urination, and there is no discomfort.
Why the test is performed
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