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Vol. 4 / Issue 11.1

An Online Publication of the Arthritis National Research Foundation

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Register Now: Tomorrow: Wed. Nov. 3rd, 11 a.m. PT

Ankylosing Spondylitis, at its simplest definition is a type of arthritis that causes lower back pain and affects an estimated one million Americans. There are symptoms, side effects, treatments and causes continuously being researched and studied. Tomorrow, Wed. Nov. 3rd at 11 a.m., in ANRF’s Research Spotlight Series, four leading scientists will meet, present and discuss their research and take questions.

Research Grant Application: Now Open

The 2022-23 Research Grant Application is now open for submissions from early-career investigators focusing their research on arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Grants are awarded up to $100,000. Ten to 20 projects are generally selected each year. In 2021-22, 18 were selected, including 10 first-year grant recipients and eight researchers funded for a second year. Next year a similar number of grants and funding is expected to be awarded. Applications will be accepted through January 17, 2022.

Researching Ankylosing Spondylitis: Ruth Napier, Ph.D. & Michael Paley, M.D., Ph.D.

Among the 2021-22 ANRF grant recipients, two scholars, Ruth Napier, Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University and Michael Paley, M.D., Ph.D., from Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, received funding based on their research of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a form of arthritis that causes inflammation of the spinal joints and often leads to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. AS affects an estimated one million Americans and 95% of patients experience symptoms before the age of 45. Both Dr. Napier and Dr. Paley will be presenting at the Nov. 3rd Webinar Spotlight Series.

Fall Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Apple Soup

It’s that post-Halloween, fall week with leaves continuing to change colors, a chill in the air and maybe a little too much candy has been had. Comfort food, even with fruit, is a healthy addition to any meal, or a meal in itself, this time of year.

The health benefits certainly make this recipe a priority in meal planning, but the ease of making it and its delectable taste make it an essential for the Fall season.

Holiday Season = Giving Season

As November begins, we enter the Holiday Giving Season, a time of finding the perfect gift (or sometimes a last minute gift) for family and friends, and also a time when many prioritize making donations to their favorite nonprofit organizations. In 2012, in the midst of the Black Friday craze and the social media era, a simple idea of doing good started at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and #GivingTuesday was born. 



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