Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Learn about current research aiming to improve the lives of these patients living with rheumatic disease with funding from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.


Veronique LefebVre, PhD
Cleveland Clinic

Inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis involves specialized cells called fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) and synovial stem cells (JSCs). After disease onset, FLS and JSCs begin an aggressive, cancer-like behavior that contributes to the progressive destruction of joint tissues. Dr. Lefebvre is using innovative technology and patient-derived stem cells to study the role of FLS and JSCs in order to develop new methods of preventing joint damage in RA. By understanding how FLS and JSCs are created and transformed, Dr. Lefebvre and her team can provide new insights into RA disease mechanisms. The impact of Dr. Lefebvre’s research could determine new treatments to help patients like Priscilla.

Elana Bernstein, MD, MSc

Dr. Bernstein is studying lung transplants for those with autoimmune diseases.


Timothy Niewold, MD

Dr. Niewold's study could help patients find the right medication sooner.


University of North Carolina Rheumatologist Dr. Teresa Tarrant.

Teresa Tarrant, MD

Dr. Tarrant is studying a new technology that could deliver rheumatoid arthritis medication straight to the affected joints.


A young femaie holds the inflamed hands of a man with rheumatoid arthritis.

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