arthritis foundation scientific initiatives

Breakthrough Innovation

Evolving from our Scientific Strategy 2015-2020 plan, the Arthritis Foundation is currently supporting its Scientific Initiatives program to provide funding that goes to the development and rollout of four specific initiatives. 

Read about our four breakthrough initiatives that are shaping the way new arthritis treatments are developed and strengthening relationships between patients and caregivers.

Download our infographic or read our case statement to learn more about our four powerful initiatives!

osteoarthritis treatments

Advancing Osteoarthritis Treatments

Affecting more than 30 million Americans, Osteoarthritis remains a huge issue and a serious condition. We are determined to find out more about this devastating disease and aid in the development of new and novel treatments.

arthritis rheumatologists

Cultivating a New Generation of Rheumatologists

The growing shortage of rheumatologists - specialists devoted to diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases - creates more barriers to care and negatively impacts a patients quality of life. Creating incentives, like our fellowship program, will increase the number of medical students choosing rheumatology.

juvenile arthritis scientific initiative

Conquering Childhood Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation partners with the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) to not only fund research for disease treatment options, but also to activate large-scale patient engagement to compare the effectiveness of different treatments both in the short- and long-term.

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Collaborating with Patients for Better Health

Real, patient-centered care is vital in ensuring better health outcomes. Our digital data exchange will enable patients to record symptoms, problems and challenges in real time - with results sent directly to their doctor. Communication between visits will enrich the care plan produced by both the doctor and the patient.

jane wyman trust matching gift

Jayne Wyman Trust Matching Gift – Doubling Your Impact

By making a gift to the Be the One Campaign between August 20th and December 31, 2018, you can double your impact! All gifts of $10,000 or more will be counted toward the Jane Wyman Trust match. The match extends to all four scientific initiative pillars and will advance the work of these urgently needed research programs.

Decisions about our research programs, as well as the overall scientific philosophical and ethical direction for the Arthritis Foundation, are guided by our Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.