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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Kelly Rice

“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in July of last year and am still having a hard time wrapping my head around it. One of the hardest things is taking all the medications I need, when I barely took anything before. I also struggle with having to quit my factory job; I am not used to not being able to work. People, even family, think you’re either faking it or they hear rheumatoid arthritis and don’t understand what it means.”


Melanie Mullikin

"When I was practically crawling, I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with severe rheumatoid arthritis."


Howard Joseph

"A few months after Ruth and I got engaged, complications from lupus put Ruth in the hospital."


Priscilla McKenney

“It has been a journey to find what works for me regarding the management of inflammation.”


Three rheumatologists from the labs at Emory University

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