May: Arthritis Awareness Month

There are more than 58.5 million adults living with arthritis everyday in the U.S. and that number continues to grow, making the research and scientists ANRF funds more important than ever. 

In addition to the overall number of adults living with arthritis, there are basic stats and information to know to better understand how widespread the disease, and related autoimmune diseases are: 

  • more than 300,000 children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with arthritis.
  • 1 in every 4 adults is impacted with some form of arthritis.
  • there are multiple kinds of arthritis, with research indicating there are more than 100 types.
  • among the most common types of arthritis are:  Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Gout.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of work disability with annual costs for medical care and lost earnings exceeding $300 billion in the U.S.
To date, the ANRF has:
  • funded $22 million in research
  • awarded 250 grants
  • to nearly 190 scientists
  • at about 85 universities and institutions throughout the U.S. 

Currently each grant awarded is for $100,000 for one year, and researchers can apply for funding for a second year. Grant applications generally open in November of each year, are closed the following January and announced in Spring. In 2022, it is expected the grant recipients will be announced in June.

We hope you will support continuing research and the scientists doing this work. Your donation throughout May will be put to immediate use in funding grants as we prepare to announce our next cohort of researchers.

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