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Raw Talk Ep 48: Unpacking Autoimmunity: Myths, Microbes & Misdiagnoses

By Sarah Topa

OCTOBER 8, 2018

Behind every discovery, there’s a story. Scientists talk, we listen. Raw Talk is a podcast about the meaning we find in science and the people who make it happen.

Dr. Jayne Danska is a Senior Scientist and Immunologist at the Hospital for Sick Children. On this episode, she discusses why autoimmune diseases may have increased in prevalence, as well as the influence of the microbiome on the immune system.


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Inflammation, the gut, microbes, cortisol, and sore joints…what do these things have in common? Tune in to this week’s episode as we explore what it’s like living with an autoimmune condition. You’ll hear the perspectives of four individuals – Vanessa, Bonnie, Yohanna, and Megan – as they reflect on their journeys to receiving their diagnoses. They share their thoughts on navigating the Canadian Healthcare System and give advice for those newly diagnosed. You’ll also hear from Dr. Kenneth Croitoru – gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor in the Department of Immunology at U of T – as well as Dr. Jayne Danska – Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Professor in Medical Biophysics and Immunology at U of T – who breakdown autoimmunity, debunk some common myths associated with autoimmune diseases, and discuss some of their exciting work in identifying factors causing susceptibility to Crohn’s and Type I Diabetes respectively. Until next time, #KeepItRaw!