Arthritis Research Scientists 2021-2022

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 more than 58.5 million Americans, including 300,000 children. With projections indicating there could be more than 78 million people affected by 2040, there is only one way to stop this growth—fund more research. The ANRF’s goal is to provide grants to early-career scientists who have demonstrated ideas that could lead to a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.


Each spring, the ANRF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), made up world renowned physician-scientists selects the best and brightest emerging arthritis research scientists to receive $100,000 grants for a year of research funding. In 2021-22, 18 grants were awarded including 10 to scientists receiving second year funding and eight to first year recipients.


Your support of arthritis research is critical to launching the independent research careers of these scientists. Ensuring they continue in research and spend their lifetime dedicated to finding a cure. Ninety-five percent of the scientists funded by the Arthritis National Research Foundation have remained in research working towards a cure. These individuals work in top laboratories, universities and institutions in the U.S. 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 | 2021-22

Sarah Baxter, MD, PhD
University of Washington

Autoimmune Disease Project
Characterize the role of AIM2 in the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus

Jonathan Brunger, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Arthritis Project
Synthetically regulated cell-based therapeutics for targeted articular cartilage regenerative medicine

Roxane Darbousset, PhD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Scleroderma Project
Platelets as neutrophil amplifiers in systemic sclerosis

Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital

Lupus Project
Splicing Disruption in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lauren Henderson, MD, MMSc
Boston Children’s Hospital

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Project
The Function & Autoreactivity of Th1 Polarized & Clonally Expanded Tregs in Oligo JIA

Carl Ware Fellowship

Michael Jurynec, PhD
University of Utah

Osteoarthritis Project
Analysis of the NOD-RIPK2 signaling pathway in osteoarthritis

Pui Y Lee, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Project
mTORC1 in the pathogenesis of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Susan Maclauchlan, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Mechanisms by which clonal hematopoiesis augments inflammation and atherosclerosis in rheumatoid arthritis

Ruth Napier, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University

Ankylosing Spondylitis Project
Understanding how the CARD9-neutrophil-Th17 axis controls ankylosing spondylitis

Renuka Nayak, MD, PhD
University of California San Francisco

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Elucidating mechanisms of methotrexate metabolism by the human microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis

Michael Paley MD, PhD
Washington University

Spondyloarthritis Project
Mechanistic Insights into Organ-Specific Manifestations of Spondyloarthritis

Gale “Morrie” Granger Fellowship

Tam Quach, PhD
The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Autoimmune Disease Project
The role of TNF and TNFR1 in breaking B cell tolerance

Sontag Fellow
Nisarg J Shah, PhD
University of California, San Diego

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Microparticle-assisted modulation of regulatory T cells in rheumatoid arthritis

Anil Kumar Singh, PhD
Washington State University

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Molecular reprogramming of Rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts by interleukin 6

Hu Zeng, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Rheumatoid Arthritis Project
Immune Checkpoint Inhibition Induced Inflammatory Arthritis Correlates with Imbalance Between T-cell Exhaustion and Senescence

Chenghai Zhang, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Osteoarthritis Project
Investigating the role of gene Creb5 in lubricin expression during the development of osteoarthritis

Shouan Zhu, PhD
Ohio University

Osteoarthritis Project
Metabolic regulation of chondrocytes by Sirt5 and protein malonylation in osteoarthritis development

Yu Ray Zuo, MD
The Regents of the University of Michigan

Autoimmune Project
Mechanisms of infection-induced autoimmunity in COVID-19 and beyond

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