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Vol. 5

JUNE 2022

Issue 6.2

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



This week included one of our favorite days of the year — the announcement of scientists receiving grant funding for the coming year. We are only able to award these grants because of the generosity of individual donors who continue to give to ANRF and know the only path to a cure is through research. We are excited to announce the 19 early-career scientists making up the 2022-23 cohort and look forward to you getting to know more about each of them as the year goes on and we are able to share more about their research and their personalities.

You can meet all the scientists on the 2022-23 scientist webpage and if you are on Twitter, follow the below scientists and learn more about them and their work (click Read More to see the full announcement and a listing of all the grant recipients):

S. Amanda Ali, Ph.D., Henry Ford Health System

Sanja Arandjelovic. Ph.D., University of Virginia

Jonathan Brunger, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Heather Faust, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital

Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital

Ruth Napier, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University

Michael Paley, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Nisarg Shah, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Shouan Zhu, Ph.D., Ohio University

Yu Ray Zuo, M.D., University of Michigan

Follow us if you don’t already: Arthritis National Research Foundation


Janssen Pharmaceuticals selects grant recipient

Bahram Razani, M.D., Ph.D., from University of California, San Francisco is the 2022-23 Janssen Immunology Psoriatic Arthritis Fellow, which is supported by The Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Razani's research, "Role of A20 in Restricting Psoriatic Skin and Joint Disease” is focused on the gene (A20) that is a key inhibitor of inflammatory pathways and the gene that patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis often carry. 

Dr. Razani received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master's in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, U.K., where he also received his undergraduate degree. 



Avocados are not always thought of first for dessert, but they are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat and antioxidants that can be used to satisfy the sweet tooth while managing the body’s a body’s inflammatory response. Applesauce is a similar food that can be used in baking and provides a healthy alternative to fatty oils and adds fiber to the recipe and reduces inflammation.


Join ANRF CEO Emily Boyd Stormoen and Board of Directors Chair Schalon Newton, DBA for a Year In Review, a look at the year ahead, a discussion of its new cohort of scientists, the Researcher Spotlight Series. general arthritis and related autoimmune disease research and a Q&A session. 

The virtual zoom session will take place live on Thursday, June 23rd at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and be about 45 minutes. We look forward to seeing you there!


       photo courtesy of Denali Blog. 


In the previous Chronicle, we shared Heather Hart's story about her preparation to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America. Travel along as the expedition guides update their journey to summit on the Denali Blog, and follow Heather on Instagram at @roadlesstraveled_hh


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