Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance

Established in 2001, the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists who have joined together to answer critical clinical research questions. They are committed to advancing the health and quality of life of children living with rheumatic disease and arthritis.

CARRA is building a multi-center network of pediatric rheumatology research centers across North America that will work together on investigations. The advantage of such collaboration is that it increases the number of children who participate in studies and reduces the time it takes researchers to reach valuable conclusions. By creating, sharing, and conserving a unified infrastructure, the Alliance assures that investments in pediatric rheumatology research are used efficiently and for the highest priority health issues.

CARRA members will work together to conduct efficient, results-oriented clinical research and treatment trials. Their one goal is to improve the health and health outcomes of children who live with rheumatic diseases. Sharing patient data and a unified infrastructure, the Alliance will provide an accessible point of entry for patients and families across the United States and Canada to participate in research studies and trials of new therapies.

More than three-quarters of North America's pediatric rheumatologists are represented in CARRA. The Alliance is currently led by a committee with members from eight medical centers in the United States and Canada. The office is located at Stanford University. CARRA has received generous financial support from the Wasie Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, American College of Rheumatology, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Barr Laboratories and Pfizer, Incorporated.

If you would like your child to be included in the CARRA registry of people with juvenile arthritis, please contact your pediatric rheumatologist or rheumatologist. To learn more about CARRA and the research studies conducted through its network, visit the CARRA website

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