“Dr Meredyth (Merry) Wilkinson is a post-doctoral research scientist investigating what in the immune system has gone wrong in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) to identify more effective drugs."
During her PhD (2014-2018) she tested if B cells (a group of white blood cells) cause inflammation in JDM, and has recently published a paper in Frontiers in Immunology (see publications).
Since her PhD Merry has been funded by a Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Biomedical Research Council (BRC) Rare Disease pilot grant. She is working with Prof Lucy Wedderburn, Dr Claire Deakin and Dr Simon Eaton investigating mitochondrial (the ‘powerhouse’ energy producers of the cell) problems and how they might cause inflammation in JDM. This research combines investigating the immune system and the biochemistry of the cells to explore new targeted treatment that could lead to use of less steroids, reduced drug side-effects and earlier time to disappearance of disease signs and symptoms.