Make a Difference in 2018 . Have an Impact Forever!

Make a Difference in 2018 . Have an Impact Forever!

Dear valued Friend of ANRF,

The challenges presented by Arthritis and associated Autoimmune Diseases are formidable and diverse. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) states that 25.9 % of the adult US population will be diagnosed with Arthritis by 2040. Arthritis is also the top reason for medical discharge from service in the military, and the leading cause of disability among veterans and service members. In 2013 alone, the cost of arthritis-attributable medical expenditures and lost wages among US adults stood at an astonishing $303.5 billion. The heavy burden of this disease on our economy, national security and quality of life cannot be overstated.

At ANRF, we are mindful of these realities and cognizant of the size of this foe. Undaunted, we work tirelessly on behalf of millions of patients around the world to improve clinical outcomes through advancing new discoveries and enabling innovation. As one of those patients myself suffering from a painful form of Arthritis (Gout), my commitment to this fight is deeply personal. Everyday, through the work of the Foundation, we seek to reduce knowledge gaps and identify effective therapies by collaborating with hundreds of trusted partners, scientists, supporters, patients and stakeholders – I invite you to join us in our plight that has a clear and defined purpose: Identifying new therapies and developing long-lasting cures.

Because of you, this year in particular has been extraordinary for ANRF and progress is palpable on all fronts. These were our top priorities:

  • Bolstering Research Grants: We funded our largest cohort of research projects to date this year, and plan to continue that trend in years to come. This new cohort joins more than 250 completed interdisciplinary studies at 75 prestigious research centers across the United States. All projects are conducted by top young minds at the vanguard of innovation and technological advances. That is in addition to sponsoring research travel grants that enable young investigators to present, share and publish their findings at professional conferences.


  • Modernizing Infrastructure & Readiness: We updated our grant-making systems, research communications platforms and medical education channels for optimal impact. Through these changes, we are performing our functions more effectively to stay competitive as a leading, highly-rated Medical Foundation. Importantly, our new platforms ensure the highest standards in data security, privacy and encryption.


  • Creating Meaningful Programs: We launched a number of research and education initiatives, including: i) A free digital newsletter, The ANRF Chronicle, to help disseminate the latest credible news in Arthritis, Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases as well as Foundation news; ii) A downloadable Fact Sheet library that is part of a larger plan to facilitate access to information about these diseases; and iii) A scientific Symposium to be held in 2019. This conference will bring together leaders from across industry, academia, federal agencies, and biotech companies, to tackle the most pressing issues that confront us in the field today. Future plans include research roundtables, webinars, podcasts and other practical learning tools.


Our plans for the Foundation are ambitious, yet supporting all these projects without interruption is a costly proposition. To this end, the work we do has been made possible only because of your generosity. So in this season of giving, I hope that we continue to earn your trust as valued partners. I am very thankful to you for making us part of your journey.

With much gratitude,



Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
Chief Executive Officer, ANRF

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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