May 24, 2019

What happens when the body attacks itself?


Autoimmune diseases, such as Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune liver disease, occur when the body’s immune system turns on itself. Currently, the only treatments involve suppressing the entire immune system, which leaves patients vulnerable to other infections or cancer. Dr. Pere Santamaria, MD, PhD, talks about his discovery of Navacims, an entirely different class of drugs that reprogram cells to fight autoimmune diseases.