11 Scientists Funded to Move Arthritis Research Forward

Eleven cutting-edge scientists researching arthritis have been awarded grants totaling $810,000 by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Moving arthritis research forward with new, innovative ideas.

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 25, 2012

Eleven scientists researching arthritis were recently awarded grants totaling $810,000 by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. With 50 million Americans with arthritis anxiously waiting for new and more effective treatments, the Arthritis National Research Foundation is funding scientists at universities and research facilities across the country. Their work in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis and other autoimmune forms of arthritis holds the promise for new therapies.

The Arthritis National Research Foundation, based in Long Beach, CA, is the charity that funds research to cure arthritis. The 11 researchers funded this year represent the top 16% of all applicants. They are young, post-doctoral investigators with cutting-edge research ideas. The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s highly competitive, NIH-level review process conducted by its world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board ensures that only the top tier applicants and projects are funded.

Some of the research institutions represented by this year’s grantees include Harvard Medical School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, National Jewish Health, University of California, San Francisco, University of Connecticut Health Center, Medical College of Wisconsin and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

This year’s grant recipients are studying these diseases at the genetic and molecular levels. Work in osteoarthritis, the “wear and tear” of joint tissues and the most prevalent form of arthritis, is focused on re-growing joint cartilage and utilizing genetic therapy. Studies in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and the other autoimmune forms of arthritis are focused in three phases of autoimmunity to understand, prevent and interrupt the disease process. Understanding the human immune system in arthritis has implications for breakthroughs in other types of autoimmune disorders such as diabetes and MS.

The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s research grants give young investigators a start on their independent research careers: this funding helps them perform cutting-edge experiments in top laboratory settings and gives them the tools they need to make discoveries that may lead to new treatments. Einstein and Newton made their pivotal discoveries when they were young; the young scientists funded by the Arthritis National Research Foundation may hold the key to a cure for arthritis.

Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, a tax deductible charity, has supported outstanding young scientists who have become innovators and leaders in the field of rheumatic disease research, autoimmunity and inflammation. From the discovery of TNF to linking a specific human chromosome to increased risk of developing lupus, their research accomplishments are long and revealing. Most have their own research labs at major universities. The studies the Arthritis National Research Foundation funds will lead to a better understanding of the genetics, molecular mechanisms and new therapies for these chronic and debilitating diseases. Make a difference in the fight against arthritis and make a donation today!


  • Derek Belisle
    Arthritis National Research Foundation