Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Trial in Texas Testing IVIG Enrolling Sjögren’s Patients With POTS

A clinical trial at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is currently recruiting people with autoimmune diseases, particularly Sjögren’s syndrome, who also have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). The study, supported by a $150,000 joint grant from the Sjögren’s Foundation and Dysautonomia International, is…

Sjögren’s Foundation Awards Scientists for ‘Outstanding’ Work

The Sjögren’s Foundation has given it 2021 Outstanding Abstract Award to two scientists who presented new research about Sjögren’s syndrome at this year’s annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. The award “recognizes exceptional research and encourages investigators to continue to focus on Sjögren’s throughout their career,”…

Sjögren’s Foundation Recognizes Volunteers

The Sjögren’s Foundation, a nonprofit health organization focused on increasing research, education, and awareness about Sjögren’s syndrome, has announced its most dedicated volunteers who were honored recently at the foundation’s 2021 Virtual National Patient Conference. “Every year, the Foundation recognizes our most dedicated volunteers through awards that are…

Damaged Mitochondria May Drive Autoimmunity

Abnormalities in how mitochondria are “recycled” by cells could contribute to autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome, a new study indicates. The study, “IRGM1 links mitochondrial quality control to autoimmunity,” was published in Nature Immunology. Often referred to as the “powerhouse of the cell,” mitochondria are cellular structures that…

Tooth Stem Cell Secretions May Help Treat Sjögren’s

Signaling molecules secreted by stem cells in teeth have anti-inflammatory properties that could be useful for the treatment of Sjögren’s syndrome, recent research in mice shows. The findings were published in Stem Cell Research & Therapy, in the study, “Secreted factors from dental pulp stem cells…