Hi there! My name is Gracie Curl. My sister was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in January of 2019. Watching her experience the symptoms of the disease has been very challenging for my family, and has encouraged me to research the pathology of autoimmune disease. As autoimmune disease cases are increasing, so is the curiosity of researchers as the onset of the condition remains enigmatic. Predisposing genetic risks have been identified, but the impact of environmental factors remains a mystery. The impact of physical and psychological stressors are now being considered in the etiology of autoimmune diseases. I am participating in the Intel Science Fair this year and researching the correlation between physical and psychological stressors and the increase of autoimmune disease. I am asking for your help to make this correlation clearer in order to encourage stress management for those at risk of autoimmune diseases. Please consider filling out the following survey about your childhood and adulthood experiences. Thank you for considering your participation! :)


Ankylosing Spondylitis