Dr. John Hardin
Vice President of Research
John Hardin, MD, serves as the vice president of research for the Arthritis Foundation. In this capacity, Dr. Hardin acts as the lead scientific reviewer and spokesperson on research, medical studies and the treatment of arthritis and related diseases.
The Arthritis Foundation has played an important role in Dr. Hardin’s career. In 1984, Dr. Hardin, in conjunction with his collaborators Drs. Joan Steitz and Michael Lerner, received the Arthritis Foundation’s first Lee Howley Prize for outstanding research. The team’s research served as a milestone in the understanding of how genetic information is translated into the proteins that make up all of the cells of the body.
Dr. Hardin’s subsequent work showed that the immune system of patients with lupus responds to these Sm and U1-RNP particles as though they were foreign pathogens. This work set the stage for current work that seeks to understand why the immune system produces specific autoantibodies in the different diseases that cause arthritis. Hardin remains active in research and is currently studying how factors such as vitamin D regulate the immune system and thereby help protect against arthritis.
Dr. Hardin has served the Arthritis Foundation in multiple roles over the years including Chair of the Research Committee, participation on peer review study sections, and as a member of the New York Chapter Board of Directors.
He has a distinguished career in rheumatology, biomedical research, and medical administration. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, and received postdoctoral training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, the National Institutes of Health, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a member of the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine (1976-1991), Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Georgia (1991-2000), and most recently Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and a Consultant to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Bethesda, MD. He has made numerous contributions to autoimmunity research, and published approximately 120 original articles, book chapters, and reviews.