Shingles, or Herpes Zoster, is the “reawakening” of the Chicken Pox virus, which could become a serious complication for those with autoimmune diseases. Dr. Chris Mecoli explains what Shingles is, how it presents, and how one can take preventative measures against it.
Nurse Vicky Ruffing and Dr. Erika Darrah speak about the existing barriers of immunizations, as well as why it is so important for people with a rheumatic disease to keep up to date with their vaccines.
“What happens to my sample once I agree to use it towards research?” you may ask… Take a look as numerous doctors and researchers explain the process step by step, from gathering your information in a clinic, to performing specific tests in the laboratory for data collection, to publishing research results and sharing them with medical professionals. Check out this exciting process!
Mr. Keyes, the Research Program Manager for the Division of Rheumatology, works very closely with the research staff to make sure research is being done ethically and according to the protocol. The research done here at Hopkins involves an entire team of principal investigators, research coordinators and assistants and laboratory scientists and it’s his job to keep them all in protocol check.