Meet The Scientists Event To Bring Together Scientists, Pro Golfers and the Public

Meet The Scientists Event To Bring Together Scientists, Pro Golfers and the Public

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) will host its annual Meet the Scientists event, a night celebrating arthritis research and the pioneering individuals behind the microscopes. The event will be held at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach Tuesday, March 24th.

This year, two LPGA tour professionals, Kristy McPherson and Mallory Blackwelder, will attend the event to show their support of arthritis research. They are advocates and spokespeople for the Arthritis National Research Foundation because both suffer with rheumatoid arthritis.

“The Arthritis National Research Foundation focuses only on research, the key to finding new treatments and a cure,” said McPherson, who also serves on the board of directors. “I researched many organizations before giving all of my support to ANRF,” she added.

The evening includes an address from McPherson, who will discuss the impact of arthritis on her life and career as a professional athlete.

“Kristy (McPherson) and Mallory (Blackwelder) inspire us all to be the best we can,” said ANRF Executive Director Helene Belisle. “They’ve risen to the top in the highly competitive world of professional golf in spite of their struggles with rheumatoid arthritis. We are so proud of their achievements and their commitment to arthritis research.”

In addition, past ANRF board president Kevin Donohue, will present an overview of current research underway. Former ANRF grantee Nunzio Bottini, M.D., of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, will talk about his work using nanotechnology to pinpoint delivery of therapies thereby increasing effectiveness and reducing potential side effects for arthritis patients.

At the reception, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak personally with McPherson and Blackwelder, as well as to the leading scientists in this field who serve on ANRF’s Scientific Advisory Board as volunteers. Many current and former ANRF grant recipients will also be on hand to share their work with guests.The Meet the Scientists event provides an opportunity to discuss how close research is to helping arthritis patients who are suffering.

The following day, ANRF’s world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board meets to review and determine which top young investigators ANRF will support for the coming year. ANRF’s focus is funding newer investigators with innovative research approaches to studying arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.

“Scientific Advisory Board members are committed to supporting brilliant young investigators looking for arthritis cures,” said Belisle. “They are dedicated experts who serve without compensation.”

Carl F. Ware, PhD, of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. Other members include Bevra Hahn, MD, of UCLA, a past-president of The American College of Rheumatology, and Elizabeth Mellins, MD, of Stanford, also a former ANRF grant recipient. Click here to see the entire Scientific Advisory Board. Scientific Board member emeritus, Gale “Morrie” Granger, PhD, a former professor of Immunology at UC Irvine and early ANRF grant recipient, will also be in attendance.

Meet the Scientists is a unique event to learn about the new directions in research that may provide the answer for better treatments for arthritis diseases.

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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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