Arthritis Investigator Award
St. Jude Children's Hospital

Researcher Hongbo ChiHow do you think your research will impact your local community?
Many people in the local community are affected with arthritis. My research can improve people’s understanding of arthritis and ultimately may lead to new therapies for arthritis.

How would you ultimately like to see your research applied?
My research may lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

What are your impressions of the Arthritis Foundation?
I am impressed with the strong commitment of the Arthritis Foundation to basic research in arthritis. In addition, the administrative and scientific staffs of the Foundation are very professional, friendly and helpful, and it has always been a pleasure to interact with them.

What role do you feel the Arthritis Foundation plays in the progress of arthritis research?
Arthritis Foundation is the leading foundation for the support of research in arthritis, and thus plays a pivotal role in the progress of arthritis research.

Given the prevalence of arthritis – one in three Americans with the disease – do you have a personal connection that makes the disease more than a statistic to you?
My parents are suffering from osteoarthritis.

Considering all the medical conditions in need of your field of research, what are the mysteries surrounding arthritis that interest you most?
The immune dysregulation involved in the pathogenesis of arthritis.

When you’re not in the lab, where can you most often be found?
A bookstore or a gym.

Favorite non-medical book you read last?
Roman Empire by CM Wells.

Favorite music and artist?
Pop music – no particular artist.

If you weren’t a medical researcher, what would you be doing now?
Either a vet or gardener.

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