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Autoimmune disease

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of autoimmune diseases and develop better treatments.

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Chance discovery linking diet to type 1 diabetes started whole new field of research
October 22, 2018 - In the early 1980's, Dr. Fraser Scott was conducting nutritional studies on rats that were supposed to develop type 1 diabetes—except they didn't. He discovered that changing the diet of these diabetes-prone rodents had prevented the disease. Making
New blood sugar monitoring a game-changer for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes
October 24, 2017 - Fifteen women at The Ottawa Hospital took part in an international clinical trial that could change the way mothers with type 1 diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels. Mothers with this condition have a higher risk of having children with health c
Ottawa scientist wins Canada's top stem cell prize for multiple sclerosis trial
September 6, 2017 - Dr. Harold Atkins, stem cell transplant physician and scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, will receive the prestigious Till & McCulloch Award for “exceptional contributions to global stem cell research.” The award will
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