Metaflammation is a new term that refers to low levels of inflammation throughout the body.
Your body use the essential repair process of inflammation to heal the body. When you have a full blown infection your levels are very high. Metaflammation is different. It is much much lower but constant.
This new aspect of inflammation has come to light, its connection with chronic metabolic diseases, like obesity and diabetes. One of the reasons this link is really important is that we are able to control with small molecule or biological therapeutics some aspects of inflammation. This approach might become really useful in treating some diseases that were thought to be diet or environment influenced and may become a devastating problem in the future.
Inflammation research: why it matters
A third of all diabetics will suffer from vision loss and potential blindness during their lifetime. This condition is caused by inflammation in the retina blood vessels.
We have developed an exciting new drug which has the potential to mend the damaged blood vessels and prevent loss of sight.
Read more about our diabetes work here.
Centenary Institute scientists are working on many aspects of inflammation, including metaflammation. For more details on our research approaches see here.