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

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

LONG BEACH, CA – Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) announced grant awards 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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Arthritis National Research Foundation 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

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

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.

Please make a donation to support this critical research and help the over 52 million, including 300,000 children suffering with arthritis.

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The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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  • Lynn Juby
    Posted at 15:29h, 24 July Reply

    I have been suffering fr RA since I was 26 and I am now 54 I have been Faithfully praying for a cure it makes me so happy to know that we have this kind of money to find a cure for all of us who suffer from all of autoimmune diseases and juvenile ra in children it breaks my heart !! To see them suffer in pain so thankful for all who donated <3

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