The Arthritis supports research with the greatest potential for advances and has invested more than $370 million in these efforts since its inception in 1948. Recent research funded by the Arthritis Foundation focuses on looking at the DNA of children with arthritis to find ways to predict what makes certain children susceptible to arthritis. Understanding genetic and environmental factors can also help with diagnosis, predicting disease severity and the discovery of new treatments. Learning more about specific diseases may also help doctors better understand when aggressive treatments tailored to individual children. Researchers also studying the role different parts of the immune system play in juvenile arthritis inflammation; and how exercise, diet and parent-doctor teamwork can improve quality of life for children with arthritis.

The Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists who have joined together to answer critical clinical research questions. Each year, the Arthritis Foundation provides monetary support to CARRA so it can continue to bring scientists together in their common goal of finding the cause of, the cure for and the best possible treatment options for childhood arthritis.


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In March, members of CARRA gathered together to discuss the group’s strategic plans for future studies and investigations. Immediately following the CARRA meeting, the American College of Rheumatology hosted its Keystone Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium. At that meeting, preliminary results of several CARRA-related projects were presented.  Read highlights of those presentations.


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Learn about what Arthritis Foundation-funded researchers are doing to help better diagnose, treat and manage Juvenile Arthritis.  There are features in the bi-monthly newsletters Research Update, which profiles and highlights the latest advances made by Arthritis Foundation-funded researchers, and Kids Get Arthritis Too, a wellness newsletter for families of children with arthritis.  Stay on top of the latest information -- sign up for both newsletters (they're free)!

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