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Vol. 5

JULY 2022

Issue 7.2

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

Life redirected by juvenile arthritis diagnosis 

As a teenager, Staci Stringer had a college volleyball scholarship, a bright future and was the picture of health. But then, she noticed a sudden lack of strength and began experiencing unimaginable pain. In the blink of an eye her health drastically changed, and so did her life. After numerous doctor visits, Staci was diagnosed with psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis and since then, it has changed every decision. She is not alone. She is one of more than 294,000 children who are affected each year by juvenile arthritis.

R E S E A R C H 

In the 2022-23 cohort of grant funded researchers, there are two specific projects funded that are focused on Juvenile Awareness: 

Pui Y Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital

Research: “mTORC1 in the pathogenesis of systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis”

Anna Patrick, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research: “Mechanisms of Th1.17 Cell Development in Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis”

There are other current and former researchers who do research JA, or JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Research). Dr. Lee and Dr. Patrick are the two who have projects currently funded by ANRF.


Chocolate bananas: healthy treat for kids and adults

Eating fun foods is part of childhood! It can still happen even when the fun needs to be healthy too. There are many benefits to eating fruits, even when they are covered (at least in part) in chocolate. Bananas contain high amounts of rutin, a compound that complements the activity of vitamin C, and helps to maintain strong, flexible blood vessels. Rutin also possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Bananas are also a food that have the ability to boost moods on tough days, during a kids hard day or a stressful day for an adult. 

G I V I N G 

The kids and researchers need your help

No child deserves the physical and emotional pain and trauma juvenile arthritis causes. And there is only one way to a cure: research. The ANRF funds early-career scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases, with many projects focused on juvenile arthritis and we are only able to do this work because of contributions from supporters and donors like you.

You can help change the lives of children faced with this disease with the click of the button below. Let's put a stop to juvenile arthritis.


Providing initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.


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