“While she will tell you that she is not a scientist, she is way better at explaining complex areas of biomedical and clinical science than many of us who do this everyday. I am a member of Nikki’s scientific board because of my work with Chlamydia pneumoniae, and have published on its involvement in asthma causation and exacerbation. Nikki has helped me to expand my focus recently to Alzheimer’s Disease and arthritis, since intracellular infectious microorganisms have been implicated in their etiology. Her collaborative corralling of scientists boasts a national and international reach, as she brings people to the table to think outside of the box and find meaningful solutions to complex problems.”
Intracellular pathogens like Chlamydia pneumoniae have been strongly implicated in the initiation and pathogenesis of several idiopathic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. This has been created in collaboration with a Scientific Advisory Board of the physicians and researchers most published in this field. The sole purpose of IRG is to educate you so that you can help your patients.
This site places heavy emphasis on a well-studied, obligate intracellular bacterium called Chlamydia pneumoniae (CpN) for good reason. While there are other important organisms, both bacteria and viruses, CpN has a unique skillset that makes it an ideal candidate for eliciting a widespread inflammatory response. CpN preferentially infects the cells that make up the immune system, and in doing so arrives Trojan Horse-style to a host of other locations. Some of the most studied locations and conditions are: the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, the vessels of those with Coronary Artery Disease, the lungs of patients with Asthma, the joints of Arthritis patients and the brains of those with Multiple Sclerosis.
If you’re a patient, welcome to you, too. This is a resource for your primary care doctor or specialist to access this information. If you believe that you have a chronic infection seek out a healthcare provider who is willing to listen and to learn. You are your own best advocate.