Dr. Vikas Majithia with a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients & Families


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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.


Maria Suarez-Almazor, MD PhD
University of Texas

Dr. Suarez-Almazor is studying the effects of social networking on chronic disease management in arthritis. After studying the information needs of patients, Dr. Suarez-Almazor created a private Facebook community for rheumatoid arthritis patients called Social Networking for Arthritis Patients (SNAP).  Now she is evaluating SNAP to determine if social networking groups, like those found on Facebook, can provide patients with a more effective and meaningful way of learning about their health. Her hope is that SNAP can provide patients like Sarah with the information and peer support they need to manage rheumatoid arthritis. If you have rheumatoid arthritis and are interested in this study please contact  snaparthritis@gmail.com.

Timothy Niewold, MD

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


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Jarred Younger, PhD

Dr. Younger's study investigates RA fatigue and depression.


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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