Nonprofits, ANRF & AFAR, Join to Give Arthritis Grant

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The Arthritis National Research Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research are collaborating to support research on arthritis and aging.

Arthritis National Research Foundation and American Federation For Aging Research

Research funded by the collaboration of ANRF and AFAR could uncover new information to help find a cure.

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) in Long Beach, CA is partnering with the American Federation For Aging Research (AFAR) in New York, NY to collaborate and support arthritis research and its impact on aging.

Both ANRF and AFAR are pleased to announce the premiere of the Arthritis and Aging Research Grant, which will provide up to $100,000 for one year to a junior faculty scientist researching how aging triggers the development and/or progression of arthritis. In addition, an additional year of funding may be granted if the research has yielded significant results and quantitative progress has been made.

“This collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research enables us to pool our resources and relationships within the scientific community to expand our outreach and opportunity for new knowledge in the field,” said Arthritis National Research Foundation executive director Helene Belisle.

While the partnership is new, both organizations share the same mission: funding young scientists looking for cures. The Arthritis National Research Foundation is the charity that funds research to cure arthritis and AFAR funds research pertaining to aging. Both charities fund top young researchers with innovative ideas, but who do not have the finances to carry out groundbreaking research on their own.

The grant application review process is currently underway; reviewers from the Scientific Boards of both organizations will determine which of the qualified applicants will receive this prestigious grant award. The winner will be announced no later than April 30, 2013, with a grant period from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.

Aging is a major risk factor for various forms of arthritis, specifically Osteoarthritis which is strongly linked to aging, but for reasons that have not yet been discovered. An estimated 50 million adults (1 in 5 people) are reported to be affected with some type of arthritis and that number is expected to grow to 67 million in coming years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In previous years, the total annual cost for arthritis reached $128 billion and resulted in just under 1 million hospitalizations across the country.

With life expectancy rates climbing, discovering treatments to combat the effects of arthritis is a high priority for both organizations. “With our aging population, this disease will be increasingly prevalent,” added Belisle. “Research funded by the collaboration of ANRF and AFAR could uncover new information to help find a cure.”

“We are pleased to be collaborating with the Arthritis National Research Foundation,” said Stephanie Lederman, executive director of AFAR. “Understanding the connections between the fundamental mechanisms of aging and arthritis will move us closer to effective treatments and cures for arthritis.”

About AFAR
Founded in 1981, AFAR has championed the cause and supported the funding of science in healthier aging and age-related medicine. To address the shortage of physicians and researchers dedicated to the science of healthier aging, AFAR funds physicians and scientists probing the fundamental mechanisms of aging, as well as specific diseases associated with aging populations.

About ANRF
Since 1970, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, a tax deductible charity based in Long Beach, CA, 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 genes involved in lupus, their research accomplishments have made an impact. ANRF’s approach is to fund the next generation of researchers to encourage their continued commitment to research in arthritis and related diseases.

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