The ANRF Chronicle | November 2018 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

The ANRF Chronicle | November 2018 Editorial Letter From Dr. Z

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPADear ANRF partner!

The first issue of our e-newsletter, The ANRF Chronicle, is dedicated to the Foundation’s many award recipients. I want their faces to become familiar faces and their names to be household names for these are the change makers of tomorrow!

Every year, we award research funding to some of the brightest minds in the fields of Arthritis, Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases. These ANRF Scholars, as known thereafter, go on to conduct highly innovative studies that push the boundaries of science and medicine everyday. Notably, they all are young investigators at the formative stages in their careers. As such, our grant support is very consequential to their productivity – it accelerates their professional growth and shapes their outlook as future leaders in the field.

This year, we funded our largest cohort to date: Sixteen projects conducted at some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation. This cohort boasts studies in Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis and Aging, Osteoarthritis, Traumatic Injuries and Autoimmunity to name a few. It adds to more than 250 completed interdisciplinary research projects at 75 leading research centers. Indeed, ANRF Scholars have contributed greatly over the years to the comprehension and therapeutics of Arthritis biology and associated Autoimmune Diseases. Together, they constitute an impressive alumni network that perpetually mentors the next generation of leaders and generates scholarly output. I invite you to discover more about their accomplishments on our website, via the academic literature or periodically through this monthly newsletter.

As you scroll down these pages, you will also recognize that our researchers come from all possible backgrounds, genders and ethnicities. I am especially proud of the fact that nearly sixty percent of our awardees this year are women scientists! The unique identifier of an ANRF Scholar, aside from competitiveness, is a laser-focus on finding solutions to the range of complex diseases we study at the Foundation.

As a patient and a biomedical scientist myself, I know firsthand the many challenges confronting patients and researchers, from either perspective. I am also keenly aware of the incredible opportunities for long-lasting cures that will be unlocked with the rigorous research we pioneer at ANRF. Supporting all these projects without interruption is a costly proposition. And 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 partners. I am very thankful to you for making us part of your journey.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your family!

With much gratitude,



Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA (Dr. Z)
Executive Director, 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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