Arthritis National Research Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Research Grants in 2016/2017

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Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) today announced award grants totaling over $1.2 million, its largest to date, committed towards finding a cure for arthritis. Included is an award funding juvenile arthritis research, coinciding with Juvenile Awareness Month in July.

Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) today announced award grants totaling over $1.2 million, its largest to date, committed towards finding a cure for arthritis. ANRF funds grants to innovative researchers studying new treatments and cures for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.

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ANRF grant recipients represent the top of a highly competitive field of young MD, PhD and MD-PhD scientists at nonprofit research institutions across the United States. Applications are reviewed annually by ANRF’s Scientific Advisory Board of world-renowned physician-scientists.

“Every time we fund an arthritis research grant, we make a calculated investment in that scientist, with the hope that they’ll make a breakthrough discovery to find a more effective treatment and cure,” said Shaun Skeris, president of ANRF Board of Directors. “With over $1.2 million granted this year to 13 scientists, we are opening up even more channels for treatments and cures. This commitment to research sends a message of hope to those suffering with arthritis.”

Second-year grant recipient, Shahla Abdollahi, PhD from New York University Medical School commented, “This support from the Arthritis National Research Foundation has enabled me to pursue a new approach to solving the mystery of rheumatoid arthritis. It is my hope that we’ll find the cause of this and other inflammatory joint diseases in the human digestive tract.”

This year’s grantees span across the country and specialize in a range of arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, from lupus to gout to juvenile arthritis. The full list of ANRF 2016 research grantees can be found at

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Juvenile Arthritis is not the same as grandma’s aches and pains. These children suffer from autoimmune forms of arthritis. Their bodies’ immune systems are attacking their joints, causing swelling, stiffness and permanent damage. This condition is extremely serious; if left untreated, it can result in loss of mobility, blindness and even death. Research is the key to a cure and more effective treatments.

About Arthritis National Research Foundation
Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif., 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 tumor cecrosis factor (the molecule that initiates inflammation in arthritis) to genes involved in lupus, their research accomplishments have made an impact in the field of arthritis research. ANRF’s approach is to fund the next generation of researchers to encourage their continued commitment to research in arthritis and related diseases. These scientists, supported by ANRF funds, will lead the scientific charge for a deeper understanding of the genetics and molecular mechanisms of the immune system and autoimmune diseases. This new understanding, we believe, will provide the scientific facts and key information to develop new therapies that can alleviate the suffering of patients with arthritis and related diseases.

Ninety-one cents of every dollar donated is placed into research programs. ANRF has received the highest, four-star rating from online evaluator, Charity Navigator, for eight consecutive years, placing them in the top 2% of all charities.

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