Over $1 million Awarded to Move Arthritis Research Forward

Over $1 million Awarded to Move Arthritis Research Forward

The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) has decided to award fifteen arthritis research scientists grants to pursue studies to find treatments and cures for various forms of arthritis. This is the first year that ANRF has ever awarded over $1 million for this pivotal research.

With the population of arthritis sufferers reaching just over 50 million in the United States alone, the Arthritis National Research Foundation understands that research is our best hope for a cure. This is why ANRF emphasizes research and, moreover, the best young researchers who have innovative, new ideas. ANRF believes that research is the answer to find that cure. Previously ANRF-funded scientists have gone on to make paramount discoveries in the field of immunology (the human immune system) and autoimmunity, including discovering TNF (tumor necrosis factor), which led to the current biologic treatments available today.

The Arthritis National Research Foundation is a national nonprofit, providing research scientists much needed funds across the country. This year ANRF is funding arthritis studies for researchers working in Michigan, Virginia, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, to name a few. These grant recipients represent the top 20% of applicants and are pursuing research projects such as therapies for lupus, investigating proteins in rheumatoid arthritis, and examining the development of osteoarthritis.

“This grant from the Arthritis National Research Foundation enables me to expand my research and work towards the possibility of new targets for therapy,” says Lara Longobardi, PhD of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “My mentor, Anna Spagnoli, MD, is a former ANRF grant recipient, has established her own laboratory where we study new therapies for osteoarthritis,” she added.

The grants are awarded through a highly competitive review process: ANRF’s world-renowned Scientific Advisory Board reviews all grants through an NIH-level procedure that carefully examines all applications and ranks them according to the qualifications of the investigator, the cutting-edge nature of the project and the research laboratory environment.

“Receiving an ANRF research grant is such an honor,” said George Kalliolias, MD, PhD of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “I am so delighted I have been chosen to be a part of this elite group of scientists.”

This year, the Arthritis National Research Foundation was named the number one “Charity to Watch” for charities with budgets under $2 million by Charity Navigator, a national online charity evaluator. And, ANRF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for five consecutive years. By keeping financial overhead low, ANRF is able to put 91% of the money they receive into funding researchers with original ideas.

Awarding $1 million for arthritis research is a milestone for the organization. “This not only shows substantial growth from within, but it brings us one step closer to helping those arthritis patients that we want to help,” said ANRF board president, Kevin Donohue.

ANRF’s research grants give young investigators a start on their independent research careers: this funding helps them perform cutting-edge experiments in top laboratory settings and gives them the tools they need to make discoveries that may lead to new treatments. Einstein and Newton made their pivotal discoveries when they were young; the up-and-coming scientists funded by ANRF may hold the key to a cure for arthritis.

“This funding may help me make a research discovery to help alleviate the pain of those suffering with arthritis,” says Beatrix Bartok, MD, of the University of California, San Diego. “That is our ultimate goal – and that of the ANRF!”

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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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