Researching an “Under-Researched” Disease
Nabeel Hamzeh, MD, a 2011 recipient of an ATS Foundation/Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research grant, says that he’s passionate about understanding sarcoidosis better. It is a disease that primarily affects the lungs, but often affects other organs as well, demanding a pulmonologist “focus on the whole patient.”
Despite being a multi-organ disease, sarcoidosis hasn’t attracted a lot of researchers. “There is a misperception that the disease gets better on its own,” says Dr. Hamzeh, an associate professor of medicine at National Jewish Health.
Dr. Hamzeh is now analyzing data from his pilot study to see whether an antioxidant, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, would reduce inflammation in sarcoidosis patients. He expects to publish a paper on the results. “This grant was ideal for getting preliminary data and testing feasibility,” he adds.
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