Arthritis Research Scientists 2018-2019

Funding The Best and Brightest Arthritis Research Scientists

1 in 4 Americans are afflicted with arthritis. Arthritis research is the key to finding new and better treatments for this disease affecting over 54 million Americans, including 300,000 children. 16 of the best and brightest scientists across the U.S. were awarded arthritis research grants this year.


Our world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of physician-scientists only chooses the best and brightest emerging arthritis research scientists each and every year. We invite you to read about the scientists and their exciting projects below.


Your support of arthritis research is critical to launching the independent research careers of these scientists. Ensuring that they stay in research and spend their lifetime dedicated to finding a cure. 95% of the scientists funded by the Arthritis National Research Foundation have remained in research working towards a cure. These individuals work in top laboratories and ANRF funding enables them to make discoveries more quickly than without the extra support. The time is now to find a cure and help those suffering with arthritis.


Please click here to make a donation to support more of this critical arthritis research.


Years listed: 2013-14 | 2014-15 | 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-182018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

Judith Ashouri Sinha, MD
Judith Ashouri-Sinha, MD
UC San Francisco

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Signaling and repertoire differences in arthritogenic T cells

Rhima Coleman
Rhima Coleman, PhD
University of Michigan

Osteoarthritis Project
Genetic reprogramming of OA chondrocytes to improve cartilage repair

Pierre Cunin
Pierre Cunin, PharmD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Megakaryocytes as neutrophil amplifiers in inflammatory arthritis

Read More: Answers From Within

Brian Diekman | Arthritis and Aging Research
Brian Diekman, PhD
UNC at Chapel Hill

Arthritis & Aging Project
Cellular senescence as a driver and therapeutic target for osteoarthritis

Read More: The Impact of Aging

Matlock Jeffries
Matlock Jeffries, MD
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Osteoarthritis Project
Epigenetics at the intersection of trauma, aging, and osteoarthritis

Anna Helena Jonsson
Anna Helena Jonsson, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Characterization of a CD8 T Cell Subset Enriched in Blood of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mohamed Khass
Mohamed Khass, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Osteoarthritis Project
The influence of the surrogate light chain protein λ5 on bone health and arthritis in aging

Tieshi Li
Tieshi Li, PhD
Rush University Medical Center

Osteoarthritis Project
Role of IL36α in Osteoarthritis progression

Rachel Miller, PhD
Rachel E. Miller, PhD
Rush University Medical Center

Osteoarthritis Project
Identifying Novel Mechanotransduction Targets for Treating Osteoarthritis

Erika Noss
Erika H. Noss, MD, PhD
University of Washington

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Targeting Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor-α (PDGFRα) in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Erika H. Noss, MD, PhD is the Sontag Foundation Fellow for 2018-2019.

Tam Quach
Tam Quach, PhD
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
The Role of TNF and TNFR1 in Breaking B Cell Tolerance

Eliza Pei-Suen Tsou
Eliza (Pei-Suen) Tsou, PhD
University of Michigan

Scleroderma Project
The role of matricellular protein CYR61 in fibrosis and angiogenesis in scleroderma

Tiphanie Vogel | Juvenile Arthritis Research
Tiphanie Vogel, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Juvenile Arthritis Project
Validating STAT3 as a Therapeutic Target in Arthritis

Michael Waterfield
Michael Waterfield, MD, PhD
UC San Francisco

Autoimmune Arthritis Project
Characterization of a novel epigenetic regulator of Th17 differentiation

Deborah Winter
Deborah R. Winter, PhD
Northwestern University

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Comparing the Regulatory Networks Underlying Inflammation in Arthritis & Aging

Tao Yang | Osteoarthritis Research
Tao Yang, PhD
Van Andel Research Institute

Osteoarthritis Project
The function of SENP6 desumoylase in preventing articular chondrocyte senescence and osteoarthritis development

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