Arthritis Foundation New England Region Awards 2014 Summer Fellowship Program to Two Harvard Medical School Students

July 2014--The Arthritis Foundation raises research funds year round for arthritis related studies.  Locally, in the New England Region, award candidates can apply for a $5,000 fellowship stipend if they are continuing their education in medical school and considering a career in the field of arthritis research; or are a college student who has made a commitment to a career in medical sciences.  The 2014 Three Month Summer Student Fellowship Program has been awarded to two exceptional Harvard Medical School Students, Jennifer Bido and Daniel Driscoll.  Both students have a passion for treating musculoskeletal problems with serious career interest in this area of medicine.

Ms. Bido and Mr. Driscoll will be working under Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS, Director at the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  The title of the research project is “Radiographic and Clinical Determinants of Outcome of Total Joint Replacement in a Developing Nation.”  The research study will help the fellows understand and link the outcomes of patient’s joint replacement surgery and the many determinants that lead to these positive or negative outcomes.  With the patterns they find in their research data, they can help doctors better predict best practices based on their radiographic and clinical determinants before surgery.

In developing countries such as the Dominican Republic, healthcare is not as accessible as it is western cultures, so people living with arthritis will often wait to see a doctor, if at all, until deformities become severe enough to prevent them from walking.   Operation Walk Boston is a nonprofit organization which provides total knee of hip replacement each year to eligible patients in the Dominican Republic.  This project allows for these patients to have quality healthcare when they do need a total joint replacement.  Ms. Bido and Mr. Driscoll will use data collected on these patients to help better understand how to positively impact patient outcomes after total joint replacement surgery.  The Arthritis Foundation, New England Region is excited to see the findings of this research study to help better the lives of the patients in developing countries.

Dr. Jeffery Katz says, “The overall aim of the summer work will be to identify determinants of outcome of total joint replacement in the Op Walk population.  We hypothesize that baseline deformity (varus/valgus) will be an independent predictor of worse outcome, as will worse baseline scores on functional status and depression scores.  Dan’s project addressed the radiographic component of this overarching set of aims and hypotheses and Jen the other clinical factors.  As Dan and Jen note in their personal statements, they have well-defined projects that will take advantage of the rich database we have compiled.  Jen will perform our first comprehensive assessment of factors associated with short term outcome of total hip and knee replacement.  She will have approximately 200 subjects available for analysis and should be able to develop a rick predictive model of outcome.  Dan will be assessing the associate between preoperative graphic radio deformity and outcome, using the preoperative films available on each patient.  Both Dan and Jen have submitted their projects for critical review by the faculty of the winter term Clinical Epidemiology course for first year students at HMS.  I have also worked with them carefully on these proposals.  The proposals are hypothesis-driven, the data are available and the scope of work is feasible for completion this summer.”  

About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

Massage Envy Invites the Arthritis Foundation to Join Them at the Boston Health and Fitness Expo

National sponsor of the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Massage Envy helps raise arthritis awareness

June 2014— The Arthritis Foundation has been supported by Massage Envy for four years on a national level.   By becoming a national sponsor for the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Massage Envy has supported efforts to spread the word that arthritis is serious.  Massage Envy has helped the Arthritis Foundation to achieve their mission to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Massage Envy is able to help and heal people suffering with arthritic pain in person through their massage techniques and these are the same people that the Arthritis Foundation advocates for year round.  Senior Director of Development, Robin Maxcy says, “We are excited to have such a wonderful sponsor going above and beyond.  By inviting us to join them at this year’s Health and Fitness Expo in Boston, Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation will be able to work together to help those suffering from the number one cause of disability in our nation, arthritis.” 

The Health and Wellness Expo will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th in Boston Massachusetts.  It is a free family event with free health screenings; it’s a great way to gather the community together to learn about best practices for staying active and healthy.

Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, with local events hosted by approximately 100+115 cities nationwide. Funds raised through the event support Arthritis Foundation programs, research and advocacy initiatives to help people live better today while finding a cure for the number one cause of disability in the United States tomorrow.

To learn more and register for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis held on Sunday, September 14, visit walktocurearthritisboston.kintera.org or contact Robin Maxcy at (617) 762-2124, rmaxcy@arthriti.org. To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit www.arthritiswalk.org. 

About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has more than 950 franchise locations in 49 states and 1.4 million members.  In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Franchise Time's Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500 and #24 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.

NEBH Becomes the Arthritis Foundation’s Presenting Sponsor for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis

New England Baptist Hospital to help achieve goal of $350,000

May 2014—The New England Region of the Arthritis Foundation is proud to announce New England Baptist Hospital as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis.   The Arthritis Foundation has appointed the Corporate Chair position to Trish Hannon, the hospital’s CEO and President.   By joining forces, the New England Baptist Hospital is helping the Arthritis Foundation towards their mission of improving lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. 

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), with six locations including Boston, Dedham and Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, helping those people with arthritis that the Arthritis Foundation advocates for every day.  They have specialists offering both surgical and non-surgical care in all areas of orthopedics, including joint replacement, sports medicine, and spine health.  NEBH will spearhead the fundraising efforts and help to raise awareness that arthritis is the leading cause of disability.

As corporate chair, Trish Hannon has committed to be a leader in the fundraising efforts of the Walk to Cure Arthritis.  NEBH has made a commitment to raise $75,000 for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis by September.  The hospital will have several fundraising events to raise awareness about the seriousness of arthritis and raise funds that can directly impact the quality of life for those living with arthritis.   

“The Arthritis Foundation and New England Baptist Hospital both share the goal of improving the lives of people suffering from the nation’s leading cause of disability,” says Stephen Evangelista, the CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region.  “We are grateful to have the support of the hospital, as they see the need for improvement in their patients so regularly.  With support from New England Baptist Hospital, we will work together to achieve our vision; a world free of arthritis pain.”

To learn more and register for the Boston Walk to Cure Arthritis held on Sunday, September 14, visit walktocurearthritisboston.kintera.org or contact Robin Maxcy at (617) 762-2124, rmaxcy@arthritis.org. To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit www.arthritiswalk.org. 

About the Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.

About the New England Baptist Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has received national recognition, consistently ranked as one of America’s top hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report. NEBH has also been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. The hospital has ranked in the 95th percentile and received the prestigious national Press Ganey Summit Award for high patient satisfaction for the past six years. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School. NEBH is the official hospital of the Boston Celtics.

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