Creating New Knowledge
Giving UTSA students the opportunity to be on the front lines of chronic disease research.
People living with Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) often experienced confusing symptoms for many years before they were finally diagnosed. Astrid Cardona, faculty researcher in the Department of Biology and with the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, is part of a team at UTSA working to ease the confusion.
MS is a chronic, disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Dr. Cardona explains, “Symptoms may be mild, such as fatigue or numbness, or severe, such as vision problems or paralysis. The progress of MS is often unpredictable from one person to another. My research is attempting to understand the pathology of the severity of MS and the regulation of brain inflammation by chemokine receptors.”
Dr. Cardona’s research is funded in part by the NIH, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the San Antonio Area Foundation, and her leadership in the sciences has been recognized by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and Cleveland Clinic. Working at UTSA allows her to continue her important research as well as teach and provide rigorous training in her lab. She is giving UTSA students the opportunity to be on the front lines of chronic disease research.
Give now For every new discovery in labs like Dr. Cardona’s, there is new hope for people affected by MS.