The ANRF Chronicle | March 2019 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

The ANRF Chronicle | March 2019 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

We Walk The Walk

 Dear Friend,

On March 8, we participated in International Women’s Day (See our post on Instagram) and reflected on the associated theme given by the United Nations this year: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change‘.

At ANRF, we need not look far to see the effect of women leadership across all functions. Our Scientific Advisory Board boasts international women leaders whose contributions changed the way we think about biology and medicine. Current members include visionaries like Drs. Mary Crow, Bevra Hahn, Betty Diamond and Elizabeth Mellins. Our Board of Directors features inspiring and committed female members, including directors in the top three positions – board chair, vice-chair and second vice-chair. Ninety percent of our current staff, ambassadors and volunteers are accomplished women professional; and nearly sixty percent of our research grant awardees this year are all female MD, PhD or MD/PhD investigators!

Much of the research portfolio at ANRF is also dedicated to studying complex autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia that disproportionately affect women. As such, we continue to explore new collaborations to innovate in that field. This month, we partnered with the prestigious Gordon Research Conference (GRC) to identify three outstanding young female investigators, Kimberly Cooper, PhD, Kate Poole, PhD, and Alexandra Naba, PhD who received ANRF research travel awards under the underrepresented groups in science program.   

Finally, congratulations to ANRF Scholar, Michelle Kahlenberg MD, PhD, on receiving the coveted – and well deserved – Mary Betty Stevens Young Investigator Prize from ACR. Other exciting news and accomplishments of current Awardees and Alumni are included in this issue. I hope that you take a look!

With gratitude,

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
Chief Executive Officer, ANRF

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Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
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Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
znahle@curearthritis.org

Dr. Z (Zaher Nahle, PhD MPA) is an award-winning scientist and an Arthritis Patient. He is is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) and is based in California, USA.

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