Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research

The 2018 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize Recipient

On November 9, 2018, Dr. Jasvinder Singh was awarded the 2018 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize during the Arthritis Foundation’s Evening of Honors program at the annual Conference of Champions meeting. Dr. Singh’s knowledge about arthritis and research goes far, deep, and wide. He is a professor, rheumatologist and director of a gout clinic. He’s based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Dr. Singh is also a prolific researcher, with more than 350 peer-reviewed original publications. In addition, he serves on many influential arthritis-related councils and committees.

Despite his numerous commitments, he has always made time to contribute his vast expertise to the Arthritis Foundation. Over the years, we’ve had many discussions with him on the latest trends in rheumatology and the significance of new studies in medical literature. Dr. Singh reviews content across all platforms at the Foundation – including Arthritis Today magazine, patient brochures, and website articles and blogs. He ensures the information the Arthritis Foundation provides is accurate and cutting-edge. Dr. Singh gives it his all to help bring us closer to a cure.

Sponsoring Organization

A prize of $10,000 is presented by the Arthritis Foundation. Support is provided by a generous endowment from the Howley Family. Award recipients must apply the prize funds toward the field of arthritis research (e.g., travel to a professional meeting to present findings, mentoring a student, laboratory costs, publication costs, etc.).


A new component has been added to the eligibility criteria for this prize. The Arthritis Foundation Howley Prize Award will be presented to an individual researcher with strong commitments to their academic field who has also demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteer work through the foundation. Nominations will be made by Arthritis Foundation employees who work with volunteers and advocates of the Arthritis Foundation mission. This prize will also evaluate the nominee’s original research conducted in the United States that was published in a peer-reviewed journal. The date of the publication for consideration for the 2017 Howley Prize Award must be after January 1, 2016.

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to performing innovative arthritis-related nominees should demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • A notable impact furthering the mission of the Arthritis Foundation
  • An ability to open doors or mobilize volunteers in expanding the presence of the Arthritis Foundation
  • Partnership development in the area of mission and/or fundraising
  • Highly successful fundraising efforts

Nominated publications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Significance: The research is in alignment with the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis and related diseases with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. 
  • Innovation: The research challenges existing paradigms and presents an innovative hypothesis and/or addresses a research gap, accelerates translational research, removes barriers and/or catalyzes the development of the field of arthritis and related diseases. The research develops or employs novel concepts, approaches, methods, tools and/or technologies.

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