At the Global Autoimmune Institute, we are committed to improving diagnosis and physician/patient relationships, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness throughout our global autoimmune community. 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 and treated.
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 are designed to 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 important articles impacting diagnosis, treatment, and daily management of conditions, as well as highlighting important discoveries in AD. We strive to provide the most 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 Group of Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C., which began in 2015.
Our support includes making possible the establishment of a CNMC Multidisciplinary 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, videos, 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 CNMC, 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.
In the fall of 2020, we are planning to hold a symposium in Washington, D.C., bringing together expert physicians and scientists in autoimmune neurological disorders. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event may be postponed. Stay tuned for details!