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.


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Jarred Younger, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Approximately half of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis experience profound fatigue and pain, even after their joint disease activity has been improved by medications. The symptoms suggest that the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis might also impact the brain and nervous system. Jarred W. Younger, PhD,  associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is studying brain thermometry, a noninvasive method that could detect and measure the neuroinflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. His technique could help doctors better understand the cause of the pain and fatigue experienced daily by people like Elizabeth.

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.


Veronique LefebVre, PhD

Dr. Lefebvre is using stem cells to better understand joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.


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

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