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Vol. 2 / Issue 11

[Arthritis, Rheumatology, and Autoimmune Diseases]
An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation

December 2019
MMRF Accreditations

   Zaher Nahle PhD MPA, CEO, ANRF

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. 


Master of Immunity and the Surf! – Dr. Carl Ware

  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Arthritis National Research Foundation.
  • Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center and Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. 

Hot Off the Presses

Follow the link to see how ANRF has continued the fight against arthritis and other autoimmune conditions through effective research and collaboration. Our 2019 annual report details our research achievements as well as gives information about our staff, board and administrative actions that allows us to create an environment that truly supports key initial research and furthers the objective to find a cure.


Healthy Holidays

Feasting is a central part of the holiday season. It can often be a challenge to maintain a healthy routine during this time of celebratory consumption. For patients with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, making healthy choices at this time can be of even greater importance. A number of scientific studies have confirmed that diet can alter chronic pain levels associated with numerous forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

The Psychology of New Year’s Resolution

New year new you! The start of a new year gives people a chance to harness a psychological trick – using new year’s resolutions to achieve goals. Many of us fall off the resolution wagon fairly quickly, read on to see how to best ensure successfully achieving your resolutions and how to use them to improve your health and well-being.


ANRF Alumni ACR Award Winner

ANRF Congratulates Alumni Amr Sawalha for receiving the prestigious Henry Kunkel Young Investigator award from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). See the article to read more about Dr. Sawalha's achievement and his impressive contributions to the research community.

Largest Individual Donation in ANRF History

In this season of giving, ANRF would like to take a moment to thank a community of supporters who make our work possible. Thanks to all who have made a contribution this year. We are grateful to every single person who puts trust in the work we do. Recently, there have been some moments that deserve an extra mention.

This November, ANRF celebrated receiving the largest individual donation in our history. The generosity of this donor will help us fund the important research of multiple scientists who are searching for a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.

Then, in December, our supporters put the “giving” in #GivingTuesday. Numbers are still rolling in, but we can already announce that we have well exceeded our goal. All thanks to supporters like you.

For every contribution, from one dollar to a million, we are grateful. Every contribution is a vote of confidence in our commitment to advancing science and helping to relieve the pain of millions of people. We still have much to do to meet our goal of funding all meritorious research projects and hope that in this holiday season, we can continue to count on the ANRF community for continued support.

To all of you, we wish happiness and health over the holidays in the year to come. Thank you for being a part of the ANRF family.






MMRF Accreditations

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