May 18, 2020
Director of Pediatric Rheumatology at UAB Hospital, Dr. Randy
Cron, joins the show to discuss his work and research as a
In this episode, you will learn the following:
Dr. Randy Cron holds an MD and a PhD in immunology. As a physician-scientist, he sees both sides of the coin: the research and the clinical medicine it informs.
Dr. Cron primarily sees patients in the field of pediatric
rheumatology and is currently studying macrophage activation
syndrome, which is a potentially life-threatening type of cytokine
storm syndrome that is a complication of some rheumatic diseases
and infections—including COVID-19.
Dr. Cron aims to study the genetics behind this syndrome in order to identify patients who are predisposed to developing it, and to learn more about the pathophysiology of the syndrome in order to improve treatments.
He also explains the basics of certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and touches on a number of other interesting topics.
Tune in to learn more.