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$75,000 Grant to be Used for Cutting-Edge Arthritis Research

New York, NY and Long Beach, CA, February 4, 2014 – Dr. George Kalliolias, MD, PhD, a physician-scientist in the Division of Rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery, will be honored with this year’s coveted Sontag Fellowship in recognition of his advancement of promising research in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Kalliolias was chosen as The Sontag Foundation Fellow from a class of 15 researchers who will be receiving grants from the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF).

In Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Bottini of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, we continued talking about his rheumatoid arthritis research and the current state of federal funding and why private fundraising is important to fueling young scientists with innovative, new ideas.

When we last talked with magician and psoriatic arthritis sufferer, Robert Smith, he was working on his Find Your Win project and giving back to charities by performing his signature magic acts. Though he was technically in clinical remission, he still experienced painful flares. Today, catching up with Robert, he says he can mostly control all of his arthritis pain through the use of biologics.

Competitive swimmer, triathlete, aspiring ironman athlete, and…Ankylosing Spondylitis sufferer? It may seem that the titles don’t mesh, but Tim Raschle, an Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) sufferer since college, has miraculously been able to still compete in a plethora of events despite his condition. In an effort to take his racing even further, he has joined the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure team to raise money for AS and other autoimmune diseases.

For JeanMarie, racing competitively wasn’t a focus from a young age, but unfortunately, having arthritis was. When she was eleven she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and now, at age 31, she also suffers from Uveitis, which is inflammation in the eye, and Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that often results in decreased production of tears and saliva.

Each month Arthritis Now brings to light the cutting edge projects of the scientists currently and previously funded by the Arthritis National Research Foundation. It is from their investigations at institutions across the country that we become that much closer to finding a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Our next guest will be Dr. Ziaur Rahman of Penn State University.