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Vol. 3 / Issue 2

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

February 2020
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   Zaher Nahle PhD MPA, CEO, ANRF

Inspiring Stories and Innovative Science

Dear partner,

I am delighted to present you with this exciting edition of the ANRF Chronicle. In this edition, we profile the work of two ANRF scholars who are exploring new avenues of treatment for osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. We delve into the history of Psoriatic Arthritis and see how far medical science has come in the understanding and treatment of the disease. In honor of Valentine’s Day, one of our contributing authors takes a personal look at the impacts of chronic conditions on new relationships and offers sound advice to those who may be struggling in this regard. Finally, we celebrate the achievement of a life long dream by one of our board members and welcome two new experts to our Scientific Review Board. I hope you enjoy this edition and remind you to stay tuned for updates on our 2020 grant awards.


Dr Yang – Making No Bones About OA Research and Treatment

Learn about an ANRF scholar who is using skeletal stem cells as a means to explore new opportunities to regenerate damaged skeletal tissue such as joint cartilage. Dr. Yang identifies two proteins key in maintaining osteochondroprogenitors, the stem cells responsible for the development, growth and renewal of skeletal tissue.

Getting Under Your Skin – The History of Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

From viper broth to genetic code, Psoriatic Arthritis has a storied history that may surprise you. This article looks at the history of PA, the strides that have been made in the definition, diagnosis and treatment of it.


Dr Wampler Muskardin - Profiling RA for Personalised Treatment

Unfortunately for many RA patients the treatment approach is one of trial and error, with little ability to predict which treatment may work for which patient. Dr Wampler Muskardin is investigating whether the level of a specific protein, type 1 interferon, can be used to predict a patient’s response to anti-TNF drugs (a common RA treatment).

Bridging the Gap

A chronic condition doesn’t only affect your health, it touches every aspect of your life. In this month of love we look at dating and building relationships for those with chronic conditions and strategies to help you date with confidence. You are not defined by your diagnosis and have a lot to offer a partner, so read on!

Overwhelmed by Extraordinary Grant Applications

This January, researchers from prestigious institutions around the nation flooded our grant request portal with some of the most innovative and promising proposals we have ever seen. “Grants received this year are exciting and interdisciplinary. They have the potential to push the field forward. Today, you can turn your passion into impact by directly shaping outstanding research needing your support," said ANRF CEO Zaher Nahle.


Kelly Rouba-Boyd Takes on NY Fashion Week.

2nd Vice Chair of ANRF, Kelly Rouba-Boyd lived out the dream of myriad girls recently when she took to the runway during New York City’s Fashion Week. Read about the remarkable experience and the life of passionate advocacy that helped her get where she is today.

ANRF Welcomes New Scientific Advisory Board Members

ANRF is proud to announce that two experts in the field of rheumatology have joined our world renown Scientific Advisory Board. Please meet Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD, Chair of Arthritis and Professor of Internal Medicine from Rush University, and J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology from the University of Michigan.

Stay tuned in the coming months to see the results of the Scientific Advisory Board deliberation over the next cohort of ANRF scholars.






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