Arthritis Research Scientists 2019-2020

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. 18 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.


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

Judith Ashouri-Sinha, MD
UC San Francisco

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Decoding rheumatoid arthritis using a unique tool to identify arthritogenic T cells

Charles Chan
Stanford University

Osteoarthritis Project
A Chemical Niche to Regenerate and Rejuvenate Cartilage in Osteoarthritis

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

Joerg Ermann, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Project
Identification of pathogenic lymphocytes in ankylosing spondylitis

More Coming Soon

Christian Jacome-Galarza
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Origins of synovial osteoclasts in inflammatory arthritis

More Coming Soon

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

Andrew Getahun, PhD
University of Colorado Denver, AMC and DC

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Identification of inhibitory receptors involved in establishing the Lyn-SHP-1 axis in B cell tolerance

Read More: Signals of Silence

Vivian K Kawai, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC)

Lupus Project
The genetics of antinuclear antibodies and the risk of lupus

Christian Lood, PhD
University of Washington

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Mitochondrial-mediated inflammation and autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis

More Coming Soon

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

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

Halima Moncrieffe, PhD
Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Juvenile Arthritis Project
Understanding a shared mechanism for genetic risk in childhood arthritis

Theresa Wampler Muskardin, MD
New York University School of Medicine

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Type I Interferon Pathway Activity Informs TNF-inhibitor Treatment Response in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Theresa Wampler Muskardin, MD is the Sontag Foundation Fellow for 2019-2020.

Brian Skaug, PhD
UT Health Science Center at Houston

Scleroderma Project
Pathogenic effects of DNASE1L3 R206C polymorphism in systemic sclerosis

Jolien Suurmond, PhD
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Autoimmune Arthritis Project
Derivation and phenotype of ANA+ plasma cells in SLE

Mattias N.D Svensson, PhD
Regents of the University of California, San Diego

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Functional diversity of iNKT subsets in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Waterfield
Michael Waterfield, MD, PhD
UC San Francisco

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