Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research
The 2020 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize Recipient
David Felson, MD, MPH is professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. This is the second time Dr. Felson has been honored with the $10,000 Howley Prize, the first time being in 2004. Over the years, Dr. Felson’s research has uncovered new discoveries to help make osteoarthritis a treatable disease, coinciding with his interest in clinical trials around rheumatoid arthritis. Using MRIs and other baselines, Dr. Felson has led a series of studies aimed at reducing the risk of developing arthritis. He has worked closely with the FDA and several rheumatology organizations to standardize outcome measurements, which has made it possible to gauge the efficacy of new drugs, such as TNF inhibitors. With his second Howley Prize, Dr. Felson shows us once again why he is recognized as a rheumatologist who has substantially contributed to our understanding and treatment of rheumatic diseases.
- 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
- 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 study 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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