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

ANRF Chronicle

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

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA

Dear ANRF partner!

Every year, we award competitive research funding to some of the brightest minds in the fields of Arthritis, Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases. Eighteen promising young researchers conducting projects at prestigious US institutions were awarded this year.  This represents our largest investment in scientific research in a single year since our founding 60+ years ago. It also underscores our support of a range of interdisciplinary studies which include Juvenile Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Scleroderma and Lupus. That is in addition to other collaborative projects in the key areas of Autoimmunity, Inflammation, Bioenergetics and Aging research. 

Our awardees this year come from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Notably, they are all young investigators at the formative stages of their careers. This grant support is critical for their development and productivity as future leaders.  It is also important for their retention in the field and their ability to attract larger grants, including federal funding from the NIH. 

Over the years, ANRF and its scholars have contributed greatly to the comprehension and therapeutics of Arthritis biology and associated conditions. Important discoveries that stem from the research we fund include early characterization of TNF and its key role in immunity, novel realizations about the genetics of Lupus, and a new understanding of the role of the microbiome in inflammation. These account for merely a light sampling of the contributions made to medical innovation by the researchers we support. The 2019/20 cohort follows in the footsteps of more than 250 completed interdisciplinary research projects supported by ANRF at 85+ leading research centers and esteemed universities. This alumni network mentors the next generation of talent and is highly collaborative. I invite you to discover more about the accomplishments of our past and present researchers on our website or as they are published in this monthly newsletter.

At ANRF, we are keenly aware of the incredible opportunities for long-lasting impacts that will be unlocked with the rigorous research we pioneer, alongside our patients and partners. Supporting all these projects without interruption is a costly endeavor that is made possible only because of your generosity. 

We are proud of the fact that our community came together to help us fund this high-quality research. At the same time, limited resources prevented us from funding many more proposals deemed meritorious by our rigorous review process. In this season of giving, I hope that we continue to count on your support.

With much gratitude,

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA
Chief Executive Officer, ANRF

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