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.


AruNdathi Jayatilleke, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine 

Dr. Jayatilleke is developing an online game to teach medical students how to conduct exams for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The platform will teach elements of the musculoskeletal physical exam through case study simulations. This interactive game will expose future doctors to rheumatic diseases and will better prepare them to diagnose and treat patients like Tessa. Exposure to elements of rheumatology during medical school can not only decrease misdiagnoses, therefore shortening the gap between symptom onset and treatment, but can also encourage more students to join the subspecialty. 

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Jarred Younger, PhD

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


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.


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

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