The ANRF Chronicle | December 2019 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

ANRF Chronicle

The ANRF Chronicle | December 2019 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA

Dear partner,

Because of you, this year has been transformative at the Foundation. Now more than ever, we are filling severe knowledge gaps, investing in innovative ideas, leading meaningful collaborations, partnering with patients for solutions and spreading much needed awareness about Arthritis, Rheumatology and Autoimmune diseases. This is a quick summary of what we were able to achieve together:  

•  We attracted and funded the largest number of qualified scientific projects in our 60+ year history. This year’s cohort is comprised of eighteen outstanding scientists and physicians at the vanguard of innovation and technological advances. These are original studies that join more than 250 completed interdisciplinary projects at 75 prestigious research centers and universities across the United States, supported by ANRF.

•  We continue to invest more than 90% of donations in research and maintained a top charity navigator status for the 11th year in a row. Notably, we received our largest single individual donation in our history this year, underscoring the growing confidence in our work by our generous supporters.

•  We tripled in size across the digital space and created several free tools and resources to serve our community better. This includes i) A digital newsletter, The ANRF Chronicle, that helps disseminate the latest scientific and medical information; ii) A downloadable Fact Sheet library of concise information about many conditions; iii) An upgraded Peer-to-Peer platform that bolsters community engagement; and iv) A new patient-centric forum, Arthritis Journeys, to amplify patients’ voices and learn from shared experience.

•  We sponsored research travel grants to 40+ young scientists enabling them to present, share and publish their findings at major professional conferences. We also participated in and sponsored leading scientific conferences to foster collaboration.

•  We modernized infrastructure across all the Foundation platforms. This includes new grant-making and communications systems for improved operation. Through these changes, we are ensuring the highest standards in data security, privacy and encryption.

We are energized by this progress on many fronts, yet we know that we can do more – we left many meritorious grants behind this year due to limited resources. So, in this season of giving, I hope that we can count on your financial support.

With much gratitude,

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
Chief Executive Officer, 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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