Ulf Andersson, M.D., Ph.D.
Ulf Andersson, M.D., Ph.D., has worked for 35 years as a pediatric rheumatologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. During this period, he has performed parallel basic studies in immunology in the context of inflammation in order to develop novel therapy for arthritis. He has authored some 200 original publications and reviews. At present, he is a professor of pediatric rheumatology at the Karolinska University Hospital and chairman of the Pediatric Unit at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the Karolinska Institute.
A New Approach to Rheumatoid ArthritisTreating Inflammation with Computerized Nerve Stimulation
Doctors currently treat rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling autoimmune disease, with an arsenal of drugs that, while often effective, can have serious side effects. Authors Ulf Andersson and Kevin J. Tracey describe a circuit between the immune system and the nervous system that enabled development of an implanted nerve stimulator to treat the disorder, now being tested by a patient in Bosnia. If further clinical trials show as much promise as this initial case, similar devices may be developed for a broad range of inflammation-related diseases, from diabetes to congestive heart failure.