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  • autoimmune diseases . Hilde Schjerven . rheumatoid arthritis . UC San Francisco . UCSF .

Autoimmune diseases arise when the immune system turns on itself, triggering an inflammatory response that destroys the body’s own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) erupts when the immune system, which normally protects against infection and disease, instead attacks the joints, causing swelling, stiffness and crippling pain. With funding from the Arthritis National Research Foundation, Hilde Schjerven, PhD, a member of the Precision Medicine in Rheumatology (PREMIER) Center, is exploring autoimmunity at the University of California, San Francisco. Her promising research is…

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  • Anita Rodriguez . arthritis research . cure arthritis . Fund Development Director .

LONG BEACH, CA (JULY 2017) - With more funding for cutting-edge arthritis research projects, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) hopes to accelerate this critical science closer to a cure. “Hiring a fund development director is the first step toward increasing our funding for more research projects aimed at finding a cure for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, gout and the various autoimmune forms of arthritis,” says ANRF board president, Shaun Skeris. Newly hired fund development director Anita Rodriguez…

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  • 4-star charity . Best charities . Charity Navigator . research charity . Top Charity .

By scoring 100% for fiscal management and accountability, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) has earned its ninth consecutive four-star rating from premier online charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, validating ANRF's work as a top charity in America. This achievement places ANRF in the top 1% of all charities reviewed by Charity Navigator and earns ANRF a spot on their “10 Charities Worth Watching” list as well as their "Charities With Perfect Scores" page. Charity Navigator praised ANRF for its excellent…

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  • Ankylosing Spondylitis . arthritis . AS . bodybuilding . crohns . exercise . fitness . psoriatic arthritis . weight lifting .

Matt Ryan is a self-proclaimed fitness addict. He dedicates hours of his free time to his fitness and arthritis through exercising, bodybuilding, and studying to become a personal trainer. If you were to see Matt sweating it out in the gym, you would never guess he suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and Crohn’s & Colitis. Matt has been active his entire life, starting by playing basketball throughout his grade school years. As with any sport, he sustained his fair…

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  • arthritis research . cure arthritis . Meet The Scientists . Nicole Dalton . Peter Nigrovic .

The annual Meet The Scientists fundraising dinner inspired attendees through science education and humor. With presentations from Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Peter Nigrovic, and Cure Arthritis Ambassador, Nicole Dalton, attendees left the event feeling hopeful and moved to make a difference. Dr. Peter Nigrovic (center) seen here with fellow Scientific Advisory Board members Dr. Betty Diamond and Dr. Robert Terkeltaub Dr. Peter Nigrovic of Brigham and Women's Hospital, former Arthritis National Research Foundation grantee and current Scientific Advisory Board…

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  • Epigenetics . genetics . gout . Gout Research . Richard Reynolds .

Gout is a painful and recurring type of inflammatory arthritis that afflicts 8.3 million Americans. Once known as the “disease of kings,” gout typically strikes suddenly in the big toe after a night of overindulgence in rich food or drinking. However, epigentics, the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression, is shining light on the ability to switch off Gout. An acute attack of “gouty arthritis” comes on rapidly, triggering severe pain, warmth, swelling, redness and…

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  • arthritis . arthritis research . cure arthritis . impact research .

Whenever I hear the words “arthritis research,” I picture doctors in lab coats and goggles, mixing solutions in fancy machines. I picture the process of inventing a new medicine and patients taking part in risky clinical trials of experimental drugs. I don't immediately envision that I can impact research, however, I would come to see things differently. A couple years ago, I happened upon a Twitter user who talked about her experience with arthritis. I followed her hashtags, which led…

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  • arthritis . arthritis research fundraiser . fundraiser . JA . juvenile arthritis .

The ladies of team “Swimming For A Cure” made it easy to give back at their most recent arthritis research fundraiser: all you had to do was eat! Naomi and Kara, the young dynamic duo from Racing For A Cure, helped organize an arthritis research fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in Pensacola, Florida on May 9th. The goal was to spread awareness about arthritis and raise funds for the Arthritis National Research Foundation. The restaurant pledged to donate 10% of all…

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  • arthritis . cheerleading . JA . JIA . juvenile arthritis . juvenile idiopathic arthritis .

Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenager with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) presents a completely new set of obstacles. Britney Moreno, age 16, knows this all too well as she was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of 4. Although she’s no stranger to the challenges of JIA, she has often struggled with accepting her disease. “For awhile I refused to acknowledge that I had arthritis.” she admits. “In my mind, it wasn’t ‘normal’ for a…

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  • arthritis research . cure arthritis . Denis Evseenko . stem cells . USC .

In this next installment of our new #CureArthritis web series we take a look out how grant recipient Dr. Denis Evseenko is on the cusp of creating the first medication to treat Osteoarthritis. Currently, people with osteoarthritis have very few options for managing the disease and because of this, many people end up with total joint replacements. Dr. Evseenko has devised a treatment that could dramatically change how we approach osteoarthritis. For the first time ever, people with Osteoarthritis have…

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