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Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences


In an ongoing research project, the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, in collaboration with Dr. Susan E. Swedo at the National Institute of Mental Health, is evaluating genetic factors affecting the development of PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections). PANDAS is manifested in a group of prepubertal children who develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) following infection with Group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcal (GABHS) bacteria. We are assessing single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the promoter region of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and other cytokines known to be important in autoimmune diseases.



Faculty Mentor

Anthony R. Torres

Departmental Honors Advisor

Stanly D. Illa