Arthritis Research We’re Funding

Arthritis research is the key to finding a cure for arthritis

For more than four decades, the Arthritis National Research Foundation has helped support researchers who are devoting their time, energy and focus to new treatments and cures for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and other autoimmune arthritis disorders.


The brilliant scientists funded by ANRF have gone on to produce some of the most cutting-edge research in the field. From Dr. Gale Granger’s discovery of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), the molecule that initiates the inflammatory process in rheumatoid arthritis and targeted by today’s biologic drugs, to Dr. Chuan-ju Liu’s discovery of a protein that stops the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and reverses the disease in mice, our scientists are on the frontlines in the fight towards a cure.


Arthritis research is our only and best hope to help the millions of individuals suffering with these debilitating rheumatic diseases.

Arthritis Research Breakthroughs Because of ANRF Funding

  • Stem cell research may make joint replacement surgery unnecessary in as little as 3-5 years.
  • Scientists discovered a natural molecule in the body that regulates the growth of cartilage. This may lead to repairing cartilage.
  • Researchers are now closer to being able to use patients’ own stem cells to replace damaged knee meniscus tissues.
  • By studying the breakdown of cartilage in joint injury, obesity and aging as it relates to osteoarthritis scientists hope to identify new targets for treatment.
  • Scientists have isolated polypeptides from a sea anemone and made a new rheumatoid arthritis treatment currently in clinical trials.
  • Nanotechnology is being utilized to more accurately pinpoint delivery of arthritis medication thereby greatly reducing side effects.
  • New targets in gout therapy have led to a new treatment currently in clinical trials.

Research breakthroughs such as these are paving the way for the studies being conducted around the country and the world. Read more about some of our researchers in Where Are Our Recipients Now? You can also catch up with some of our arthritis research scientists by watching their interviews with Arthritis Now.


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Research Highlights


ANRF Research Breakthrough May Halt Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis National Research Foundation grant recipient, Chuan-ju Liu, Ph.D., has created a new protein molecule that halts and reverses the disease process of rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s more on our research in Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Osteoarthritis Research Breakthrough
Arthritis National Research Foundation grant recipient Dr. Shigeru Miyaki has discovered a natural molecule in the body that dramatically counters the progression of osteoarthritis. Learn more about this research for an osteoarthritis cure.