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Center for CAM Research on Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

Principal Investigator: 
Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D.


University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Columbia, SC 29208
United States


This center will focus on the effects of plant and herbal products on preventing or arresting inflammation in diseases caused by immune system breakdown. Using an animal model, researchers will investigate the mechanisms by which resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, might aid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The center will also examine anti-inflammatory mechanisms of the herb American ginseng in colitis and the actions of a compound from hemp in treating autoimmune hepatitis.

Research Area: 
Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM