What We Do

The Global Autoimmune Institute is empowering solutions in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease through research, education, and community, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness.

We empower patients and caregivers, create collaborative partnerships, and compassionately raise awareness

GAI is wrapping its arms around those affected by autoimmune disease (AD). More action and support is essential to improving the way these conditions are diagnosed, treated, and experienced.

1.  Scientific Research

We are increasing knowledge and progress in AD through the funding of scientific investigations. We are a moving force in propelling collaboration and awareness in science and medicine.

2. Real Data

We are funding informatics studies to answer fundamental questions, such as how many people suffer from AD, what ADs are seen together, and which symptoms point to AD. Information on some ADs is much less available than others, and we are on our way to help change that.

3. Community Support

Autoimmune Aware support groups provide those who suffer from chronic conditions – often mysterious or undiagnosed – a safe space for emotional support and guidance, assisting in their journey to good health. We are developing a national model and organizing our first group in San Diego, California.

4. Trusted Source of Information

Our website provides access to well-researched and thoughtful articles impacting diagnosis, treatment, and daily management of conditions, as well as highlighting important discoveries in AD. We strive to provide the most thorough, accurate information available about nutrition, therapies, the human microbiome, specific autoimmune disorders, and environmental health as it develops.

5. Focus on Celiac Disease

We are continuing our work in partnership with the Celiac Program at Children’s National Hospital (CNH) in Washington, D.C., which began in 2015.

Our support includes making possible the establishment of a Multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic for celiac disease patients, the most comprehensive approach ever developed before. This serves as a national standard of the highest care for celiac disease patients and is becoming a referral clinic.

We co-produce podcasts, cooking videos, expert talks, and programs in celiac disease and associated ADs and neurological disorders.

We partner to hold an annual Gluten Free Education Day and Expo in the D.C. Metropolitan area. This event has proved wildly popular, and is spearheaded by the very talented Executive Director of the Celiac Program at CNH, Vanessa Weisbrod. 

6. Raising Awareness

Through our various initiatives, we are raising awareness of autoimmune disease and its impact on the lives of so many.

7. Events

In the winter of 2020, we are planning to hold a symposium in Washington, D.C., bringing together expert physicians and scientists in autoimmune neurological disorders. Stay tuned for details!

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