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. Chan, who is studying a gene associated with arthritis.

Alice Chan, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Chan is studying a novel candidate gene, known as Mosaic, which was recently identified as a culprit for causing early and severe multiorgan autoimmunity in a unique breed of dog. The Mosaic gene, which is also found in humans, has been linked to early onset of Addison’s disease, arthritis, autoimmune cytopenias, hepatitis and uveitis. The study will shed light on the role of the genetics in mediating these issues, which may lead to new therapeutic targets in treating autoimmune diseases for those like Elizabeth that have a family history of the disease.

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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