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.


Lehn Weaver, MD, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Weaver is studying how non-infectious immune responses are induced and sustained, leading to chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. As a pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Weaver’s research aims to understand how chronic inflammation develops before the onset of autoimmunity to inform future attempts at intervention and prevention of certain rheumatic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, especially as they affect children. This research could be beneficial to patients like Ally, whose disease onset began early in life. 

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.


Dr. Gary Firestein

Gary S. Firestein, MD

Dr. Firestein is studying the LBH gene to better understand the genetic mechanisms behind joint damage and synovial inflammation.


Timothy Niewold, MD

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


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