Arthritis Research We're Funding


For more than three decades, the Arthritis National Research Foundation has helped support a number of researchers who are devoting their time, energy and focus to solutions and cures for Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune disorders.

Research Breakthroughs:

These brilliant young scientists have gone on to produce some of the most cutting edge research in the field. From Dr. Gale Granger’s discovery of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), the molecule that initiates the inflammatory process in rheumatoid arthritis, to Dr. Chuan-ju Liu’s latest discovery of a protein that stops the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and reverses the disease in mice, our scientists are on the frontlines in the fight towards a cure. This research is our only and best hope to help the millions of individuals suffering with these debilitating diseases.On the osteoarthritis research front, two of our researchers, Dr. Shigeru Miyaki and Dr. Hiroshi Asahara at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA have discovered that a naturally occurring molecule in the body, microRNA 140, acts against the progression of osteoarthritis. This new research offers hope to the estimated 26.9 million Americans dealing with the pain, missed work time, and surgeries due to osteoarthritis.

Research breakthroughs such as these are paving the way for the studies being conducted around the country and the world. Read more about some of our researchers in Where Are Our Recipients Now?
Learn more how you can get involved in this exciting arthritis research by clicking here.
To read more about our researchers’ specific studies click one of their names in the categories below.

Dr. Gale Granger
Dr. Chuan-ju Liu
Dr. Shigeru Miyaki
Dr. Hiroshi Asahara

ANRF Research Breakthrough May Halt Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis National Research Foundation grant recipient, Chuan-ju Liu, Ph.D., has created a new protein molecule that halts and reverses the disease process of rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s more on our research in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Osteoarthritis Research Breakthrough
Arthritis National Research Foundation grant recipient Dr. Shigeru Miyaki has discovered a natural molecule in the body that dramatically counters the progression of osteoarthritis. Learn more about this research for an osteoarthritis cure.

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