Coad Thomas Dow

University of Wisconsin System United States of America

I have practiced clinical ophthalmology for 35 years. About 10 years ago I saw a patient with sarcoidosis. I knew of the possibility of finding MAP in the lung biopsy of the patient and indeed, when sent to a lab specializing in MAP research, MAP was found in the biopsy. I followed the genetics of shared susceptibilities to both mycobacterial infection and autoimmune diseases and that led me to collaborators with whom I have found MAP in Blau syndrome tissues, the blood of T1DM (but not T2DM) and autoimmune thyroiditis patients. We continue to expand these studies. I have reduced my medical/surgical practice to three days a week and devote a significant time to this area of interest.

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