What We Do

The Global Autoimmune Institute is empowering solutions in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease (AD) through research, education, and community, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness. Through our initiatives, we create collaborative partnerships and compassionately raise awareness to empower patients and improve physician/patient relationships.

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Research

Scientific Investigations

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.

Real Data

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

Education

Trusted Source of Information

Our website provides access to well-researched and thoughtful articles on the science of disease and daily management of health conditions, while also highlighting important discoveries in AD research. 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. We also host informative expert talks and “Autoimmune Chats” with medical professionals and specific disease organizations.

Resources

We are compiling ongoing lists of resources for individuals living with autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses. Our Autoimmune Organizations page lists specific disease organizations as well as groups focused on holistic approaches to health. On our Medical Institutions page, we’ve gathered together a long list of hospitals, medical centers, and clinics across the U.S. that specialize in various ADs. Our resources also include lists of books, apps, podcasts, and other tools to help manage life with a chronic illness.

Focus on Celiac Disease

The Global Autoimmune Institute is 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 on celiac disease, 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.

Events

In the near future, we plan to hold a symposium in Washington, D.C., bringing together expert physicians and scientists in autoimmune neurological disorders. Stay tuned for details!

Community

Support Group

Our Autoimmune Aware Support Group provides those who live with chronic conditions – often mysterious or undiagnosed – a safe space for emotional support and guidance, assisting in their journey to better health. We organize monthly, virtual meetings open to anyone, anywhere! We are also developing a national model so that others may develop their own groups.

Social Media

We are bringing people together through our active and informative Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter platforms. Frequent educational and compassionate posts help raise awareness of autoimmune disease and related conditions, as well as inform and connect individuals and organizations across the globe.

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