NIH SciBites, a series of short videos from NIH's Intramural Research Program, explain complex science topics in ways that are short, sweet, and easy to digest.
Our immune systems work 24/7 to keep us healthy by protecting us from harmful viruses and bacteria. Autoimmune diseases happen when the immune system turns against the body and attacks healthy cells instead.
Adeline Chin is a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. As an NIH postbaccalaureate research fellow, she studied a rare autoimmune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). In this video, Adeline explains how the proteins she studied could give us a better understanding of what causes complicated autoimmune diseases like JDM, which may help researchers find new ways to treat them.