Scientific Research

Learn how the Arthritis Foundation is supporting the arthritis community through four breakthrough scientific initiatives.

Today, the Arthritis Foundation is not just a funder of research, but an active partner through four scientific initiatives. By lending our own talents to channeling volunteers and critical patient insights of the Live Yes! Arthritis Network into a portfolio of programs we directly support the arthritis community and represent the voice of the patient. These are our current scientific initiatives.

microscope iconADVANCING Osteoarthritis Treatment

Develop OA TREATMENTS and quickly bring them to market. 

In just two years: 

  • Developed the first OA Clinical Research Network 
  • Launched the OA Center of Excellence with six accredited initial member institutions. 
  • Completed a study of biomarkers. 
  • Advocated for new FDA guidance on OA.

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CONQUERING Childhood Arthritis

More finanical support  to expand research.

In just two years: 

  • Collaborated with registries and research networks. 
  • Enhanced registries of the CARRA to track rare forms of JA. 
  • Fueled a new study led by CARRA. 
  • Sponsored a patient-focused drug development event with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

doctor iconCULTIVATING A New Generation of Rheumatologists

Closing the gap in our nation’s rheumatologist shortage

In just two years: 

  • Expanded our innovative fellowship program. 
  • Added nine new Arthritis Foundation-funded fellowship programs. 
  • Reached out to under-served populations in rural and urban communities. 
  • Supported pilot programs in telecare, disease-specific clinics and care for the uninsured. 

talking bubbles iconCOLLABORATING with Patients for Better Health

Changing the arthritis care paradigm

In just two years: 

  • Created medical record dashboards from paper to digital for pilot sites 
  • Expanded our registry partnerships with CARRA and ACR. 
  • Partnered with the largest electronic medical records database to speed results. 
  • Funded the “quick start” treatment initiative at UT Southwestern. 

By giving us 10 minutes, you become part of a force that will change the lives of the almost 60 million people with arthritis. Your voice matters.

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    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

Become a Volunteer

More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.