We want to answer your most urgent thyroid health questions
A new collaboration between BOOST Thyroid and the University of Oxford
We’ve teamed up with the University of Oxford for a project on thyroid health awareness and patients’ needs.
Autoimmune conditions are difficult to diagnose, which often leaves patients feeling frustrated and misunderstood. Even after getting diagnosed and medicated, symptoms associated with thyroid conditions often persist.
Medications may need to be changed, doses almost always need to be modified, extensive lifestyle adjustments must be upheld to prevent flare-ups, and every patient requires an individualized treatment plan.
Thyroid conditions are complex and current global healthcare standards aren’t adequately meeting patients’ needs. So both having Hashimoto’s and facing healthcare obstacles can create deep complexities for patients—leaving many concerns unresolved.
Together with our research partners at the University of Oxford—Prof. Dr. Alexandra Alvergne, PhD and Sarai Keestra, MSc—we want to address patients’ most pressing questions about Hashimoto’s and thyroid health.
Our goal is to address the urgent needs of autoimmune thyroid patients and set the standard in delivering thorough information. We hope this leads to an improved rate of successful, individualized treatment plans.
Please send us one question per email at email@example.com.
At the end of each month until January 2020, we’ll publish articles with answers to the most frequently asked questions (based on scientific research, as always). Highlighting the most common thyroid health questions will hopefully bring awareness to the need for improving the doctor–patient relationship and dissemination of health information.
Advancing thyroid health isn’t possible without the perspectives of patients—your participation is essential.
Our research partners
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Alvergne is an evolutionary medical anthropologist. She’s an Associate Professor in Biocultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford and has a PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. Dr. Alvergne is interested in the evolution and cyclical nature of female health. She’s also an Associate Editor of Evolutionary Human Sciences journal.
Sarai Keestra is a medical anthropologist with a background in evolutionary biology and biomedical sciences with a primary interest in the natural variation in hormone levels and their interactions with the immune system. She previously addressed why women are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than men, and recently conducted epigenetic research on the influence of immunological stress on the timing of puberty.
This is our second research project with the University of Oxford—our previous project was on the impact of sex hormones on autoimmune diseases.