SAN DIEGO—In November, the Rheumatology Research Foundation honored 155 award and scholarship recipients at the Awards Celebration, an annual luncheon, held in conjunction with the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. The event celebrates the accomplishments of rheumatology professionals who have received funding from the Foundation. In congratulating the award recipients, executive director Mary Wheatley, CAE, IOM, emphasized the impact the awardees will have on the lives of patients and the field of rheumatology.
Attendees represented the diverse range of Foundation awardees, from students and residents to health professionals to established investigators. Roughly half of the Foundation’s funding supports education and training opportunities, which help recruit, train and keep the best and brightest in the field. Other awards fund research into the cause, progression and treatment of rheumatic diseases. Projects cover a variety of rheumatic diseases, including gout, inflammatory arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic sclerosis.
With a mission to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases, the Foundation has granted more than 3,400 individual awards and committed more than $153 million directly to research and training since 1985.
For more information on Foundation awards, visit www.rheumreseach.org/apply.