2017 MAP Conference: MAP, Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis. What is the Connection?

by Dr. Leonardo Sechi

Appearing at the conference via Webex, Dr. Sechi is a┬áProfessor of Microbiology at the University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. Sardinia is an island with some of the highest rates of autoimmune diseases in the world. MAP is commonly found in their ruminant population as well. Dr. Sechi’s research shows significantly higher rates of MAP in patients with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes. He presents some of that research here, and discusses a mechanism for MAP infection in these diseases which may differ than that in Crohn’s disease.

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