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.


Dr. Lauren Henderson, a rheumatologist studying sJIA

Lauren A. Henderson, MD, MSSC
Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Henderson is studying systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA), a subtype of JIA. Many patients with sJIA initially present with fevers and rashes; a little more than half develop chronic arthritis that is difficult to treat.  While it is known that inflammatory immune system cells play a role in the disease, it is not understood why some sJIA patients suffer from chronic arthritis. Dr. Henderson’s work will provide insight on the role of certain immune cells, especially T cells, in the development and long term effects of sJIA. The results of Dr. Henderson’s research could have strong implications for the treatment of sJIA and chronic arthritis, and could help patients like Melanie whose childhood rheumatic disease progressed into chronic arthritis.

Elana Bernstein, MD, MSc

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


Lehn Weaver, MD, PhD

Dr. Weaver's study could guide future efforts to prevent juvenile arthritis.


Timothy Niewold, MD

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


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