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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Teresa Tarrant, MD
Duke University

Current anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive treatments for RA patients, while potent, are often associated with moderate to severe side effects and can lead to potentially adverse outcomes. Teresa Tarrant, MD of Duke University is designing new technology that would deliver RA medication directly to the joint using wavelengths of light to release the medication. By using directed laser light on inflamed joints, Dr. Tarrant’s technology could minimize the risks and side effects of RA medications. It could also make life easier for patient like Kelly Rice to self-treat their RA and limit the amount of medications they must take

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.


Jessica Ann Walsh, MD

Dr. Walsh is studying Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) diagnosis and treatment.


Three rheumatologists from the labs at Emory University

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