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Vol. 4

December 2021

Issue 12.2

            Research news, updates & more from the Arthritis National Research Foundation

Research Spotlight webinars available on demand

The ANRF launched a Research Spotlight Series this past fall to share the cutting-edge research its current and previous scholars are working on. In the five-part webinar series, 24 researches presented current research, engaged in conversation with their peers and answered questions from webinar attendees. Each of the separate sessions focused on one disease or a few similar diseases were focused on within the same webinar. The five topics include: Osteoarthritis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Autoimmune Diseases.

Webinars were hosted by CEO Emily Boyd Stormoen and moderated by members of ANRF’s accomplished Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), who guided the questions and conversation. The dynamic presentations and conversations are an excellent way to learn more about research funded by ANRF donors and the progress being made toward a cure to arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. To conclude the series, Bristol Myers Squibb supported the webinar on Autoimmune Diseases. Bookmark the proceeding page and watch all five to learn more about the incredible researchers and the people conducting it. 



Giving beyond cash donations

Instinctively when asked to give to a nonprofit, the response typically defaults immediately to a monetary donation. There are additional ways to consider giving to an organization, which include immediate, short term and long term planning options: 

  • Appreciated securities, real estate and even car donations are options that provide an immediate benefit for an organization and tax benefits for the donor.
  • Gifts that can provide the donor income over time include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.
  • When planning in the longer-term, bequests, charitable beneficiary designations, retirement planning and life insurance are all considerations for charitable giving.

To read more about these opportunities and begin to consider how you can think about giving differently, ANRF provides an overview of ways to give and also is here to help you talk through your options when you are ready to discuss.



Spicy chicken sweet potato stew—prepare for health & convenience

With holiday activities, preparation for gatherings, travel and even jolly red-suited visitors, December can be one of the busiest times of the year. In an effort to keep healthy meals prepared, a stew or soup are excellent options to make in advance and heat up for lunch or dinner. This spicy chicken sweet potato stew is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients that will help your health, is full of flavor and can alleviate some of your meal planning pressure.



Dates to note

December 31st: Last day of the year to make a tax-deductible donation

January 1st, 2022: Happy New Year! 

January 17th: 2022-23 Grant Application deadline. Grants awarded up to $100,000 to early career researchers. Currently, there are 18 grants funded, with a similar number expected to be funded in 2022-23, including specific funding for Psoriatic Arthritis. Complete requirements, policies and the application portal can be accessed at

March 19th: ANRF Research Symposium will bring together researchers from academia and industry to present and discuss cutting-edge research and advancements toward a cure for arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. This one day symposium will be held at the Newkirk Alumni Center at the University of California, Irvine. More details to come and registration to open mid-January.


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