[Arthritis, Rheumatology, and Autoimmune Diseases] An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation
Zaher Nahle PhD MPA, CEO, ANRF
Inspiring Leadership and New Beginnings
Happy New Year! In this first issue of 2020, we highlight the inspirational leadership of Dr Mary K. Crow - A trailblazer in the science and treatment of complex Rheumatic Diseases, and a member of the ANRF Scientific Advisory Board. You will also read about the progress of a talented ANRF Awardee, Dr. Elizabeth Tsou, in the field of scleroderma. That is in addition to several short articles featuring our sponsorship of young talents of Immunology, the biology of Gout arthritis, our new home in Orange County, California and our racing for the cure site, where you can support ANRF and create a team. In the ANRF Alumni spotlight today is Dr. Richard DiPaolo, whose work is unlocking key mysteries of T cells, the fearsome soldiers of our immune response. Finally, I am thrilled by the quality and number of grant proposals received by the January 17 deadline. Good luck to all the applicants and stay tuned for more in upcoming issues!
Mary K. Crow MD An Inspirational Leader of Science and Medicine!
Member, ANRF’s Scientific Advisory Board
Physician-in-Chief, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chair, Department of Medicine; and Chief, Rheumatology Division
Presidential Gold Medal, American College of Rheumatology
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease. The disease can result in changes to the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. Symptoms vary greatly between patients and can range from extremely mild to life threatening and may include thickening of the skin, stiffness, fatigue and poor blood flow to the fingers and toes with cold exposure. The precise cause remains unknown but it is suspected that it is due to an abnormal immune response.
Gout – a painful, often under recognized and studied disease. Gout has plagued sufferers for centuries and is even thought to have influenced political and historical events. Read on to learn about the history of gout, it’s potential role in the “Boston Tea Party” and how treatment of it has progressed.
One of the most fulfilling sensations is knowing that you have participated in something that benefits others. At ANRF, we give supporters the chance to combine philanthropy with activities they love with a user-friendly platform for starting custom fundraisers that benefit arthritis research. Athletes and artists who participate in Racing for a Cure not only help by raising money. They also spread awareness about invisible diseases and build community support for an important cause. This winter, one Racing for a Cure team is taking their fundraising to extraordinary heights.
ANRF makes an impact at the 48th Autumn Immunology Conference
ANRF sponsors travel grants at the 48th annual Autumn Immunology Conference helping to ensure that researchers starting out can attend, contribute and collaborate with established researchers and physicians. Current ANRF scholars were also selected to present their work, helping to ensure a comprehensive conference covering numerous aspects of immunology.
ANRF alumni Harnesses the power of T cells to treat Inflammation and Autoimmunity
Since being an ANRF scholar Dr DiPaolo has built on the research he did at that time. He has made significant inroads into using copies of our own immune cells, T cells, as a potential new way to reduce excess inflammation and address autoimmunity.
This winter, ANRF migrated a little farther south. We left our Long Beach offices in December and have settled into a new space in Irvine, California. Our location has changed, but our commitment to funding innovative research is as strong as ever.
19200 Von Karmen Ave., Suite 350, Irvine, CA 92612