A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher is the recipient of a $240,000 research grant to further explore the causes of myasthenia gravis, a neurologic disease affecting muscles. Qin Li Jiang, MD, will receive the award today in New Orleans from the American Brain Foundation (formerly the American Academy of Neurology Foundation) and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America during the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting, the world's largest meeting of neurologists.
The grant will allow Jiang to carry out research on a type of immune cell called regulatory T lymphocyte, or Treg, and its role in a variety of autoimmune diseases, such as myasthenia gravis. She will perform research under the mentorship of Matthew Meriggioli, MD, a renowned neurologist and expert in myasthenia gravis.
The three-year award will consist of an annual salary of $75,000 plus $5,000 in educational expenses per year to support the clinician scientist's research related to myasthenia gravis.
University of Illinois at Chicago