Scientific Advisory Board

A gathering of the finest proven researchers in the world

In 1998, the Arthritis National Research Foundation developed a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of world-renowned physician- and Ph.D.-scientists. Scientific Advisory Board members serve as volunteers. Most have served on this prestigious board since 1998. Why would these extremely busy scientists who have full-time careers and travel the world speaking about their work choose to serve on the ANRF Scientific Advisory Board for so many years? They serve because they are committed to the research ideas and the young scientists who conduct these studies.

“In this case, there was just no question,” says Gale Granger, Ph.D., “There’s so much serious, world-changing research going on because of what the ANRF is doing for the most promising researchers in arthritis and immunological research, that each of us felt compelled to further its cause.”

The Arthritis National Research Foundation provides grant funding to young investigators studying the causes of – and new treatments for – the many forms of arthritis, including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis.

As the annual applications for grants began to rapidly increase in number, the ANRF called upon top researchers and scientists to become members of its Scientific Advisory Board. Each year, these leaders of our industry sit down together to comb through each and every grant application. It requires hours and hours of careful study and intense discussion.

In addition to its annual charge of selecting each year’s grant recipients, the ANRF’s Scientific Advisory Board advises the Board of Directors on the trends in research and clinical treatments, and helps guide the ANRF into the future.

Here’s a look inside the most distinguished minds in the field of arthritis and immunological research:

Carl F. Ware, Ph.D.

Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board
Director, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Professor & Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center
Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute – La Jolla, CA

Possibilities and challenges are what this researcher, who currently has two important discoveries at various stages of the drug development process, seems to be all about. Dr. Ware hopes that his discoveries will help the 30 to 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s sufferers who don’t respond well or at all to the existing TNF based therapies…

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Mary K. Crow, M.D.

Physician-in-Chief and Chair, Department of Medicine
Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Weill Cornell Medical College

One of the first researchers to study the functional properties of human dendritic cells and how their altered state plays a key role in autoimmune diseases like lupus, Dr. Crow continues to investigate the underlying triggers and mediators of autoimmunity in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis…

Read more about ANRF Scientific Advisory Board Member Mary K. Crow, M.D.

Betty Diamond, MD | Feinstein Institute

Betty Diamond, M.D.

Professor & Head, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases,
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY
Professor of Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Betty Diamond, MD has headed the rheumatology divisions at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center. She also directed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Albert Einstein School of Medicine for many years. She is currently head of the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and director of the PhD and MD/PhD programs at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Her MD is from …

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Bevra Hahn, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
UCLA School of Medicine – Los Angeles, CA

A world-renowned researcher and lecturer who has collected numerous honors and awards, Dr. Hahn has emphasized a continuing theme of her research work – identification of immune abnormalities characteristic of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus)…

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Hal Hoffman, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Hoffman’s main research interests are genetics and inflammation. His work has focused on the study of one of these diseases, familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, an inherited condition characterized by recurrent episodes of rash, fever, and joint pain following exposure to cold…

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Martin K. Lotz, M.D.

Head, Arthritis Research
Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine
The Scripps Research Institute – La Jolla, CA

Dr. Martin Lotz is Professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institutes and in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. Research interests in the Lotz laboratory are joint biology and mechanisms of arthritis pathogenesis…

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Elizabeth Mellins, M.D.

Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Rheumatology, Immunology and Human Gene Therapy
Stanford University Medical Center – Stanford, CA

Dr. Elizabeth Mellins brings broad expertise in immunology and autoimmunity to the Scientific Advisory Board. Clinically trained as a pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Mellins has devoted her career to research on autoimmune forms of arthritis, and particularly on…

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Peter Nigrovic, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Adults with Pediatric Rheumatic Illness (CAPRI)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA

Dr. Peter Nigrovic’s research focuses on understanding mechanisms of inflammatory arthritis, using both human samples and mouse models. These studies have helped to illuminate the roles played by mast cells, neutrophils and platelets, among other cell types. In studies supported by ANRF…

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Robert Terkeltaub, M.D.

Interim Division Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology
University of California, San Diego
Rheumatology Training Program Director, Professor of Medicine
VA Rheumatology Section Chief
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Robert Terkeltaub, M.D., is the Chief of Rheumatology and director of the Rheumatology Training program at the VA Medical Center in San Diego with an emphasis in laboratory studies in osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis also known as degenerative arthritis…

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Paul J. Utz, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Rheumatology
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Dr. Paul J. Utz is an expert in the study of human and murine autoantibodies and autoantigens, apoptosis signaling pathways, animal models of autoimmunity, proteomics and multiplexed assay development for biomarker discovery.

Read more about ANRF Scientific Advisory Board Member Paul J. Utz, M.D., Ph.D.

Craig Walsh, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences
Co-Director, Institute for Immunology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Research Center

Dr. Walsh is an expert in Immunology and his research focuses on the role apoptotic signal transduction plays in the development, activation and homeostasis of the immune system. His lab’s current interests…

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Joel Buxbaum, M.D.

Head, Research Rheumatology
Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine
The Scripps Research Institute – La Jolla, CA

Dr. Buxbaum is head of the division of Research Rheumatology and the W. M. Keck Autoimmune Disease Center at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. His research work has spanned nearly 40 years…

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Gale A. Granger, Ph.D.

Professor of Immunology, Retired
University of California, Irvine

Early in his career as a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Granger received funding from ANRF to study the immunological processes occurring in the tissue destruction observed in Rheumatoid Arthritis. His subsequent findings changed the world’s treatments in many related fields

Read more about ANRF Scientific Advisory Board Member Gale Granger, Ph.D.

Hugh McDevitt, M.D.

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University School of Medicine – Stanford, CA

Dr. McDevitt is known world-wide for his contributions to the field of arthritis research. At Stanford University, Dr. McDevitt has been the head of the Immunology Department, the director of the Clinical Immunology Lab, and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology…

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Grete Sonderstrup-McDevitt, M.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University School of Medicine – Stanford, CA

Dr. Sonderstrup-McDevitt is a speaker in high demand, having been invited to universities and conferences all over the world to discuss her research work in rheumatoid arthritis. ANRF provided funding for Dr. Sonderstrup’s work in 1993…

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