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From the College: Rethink RA Research
Are there genetic indicators that can help rheumatologists identify the people who are at risk for developing the disease? Are there environmental factors that trigger rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Simply put, what causes RA and how do we treat and cure it?
From the College: New Investigators Struggle to Find the Path to Independence
While practicing rheumatologists face budgetary cuts in Medicare reimbursement, new investigators are facing a challenge of their own. Federal budget cuts and other vanishing funding sources are making it extremely difficult to support their research activities. “Over the past several years, sources of funding for these individuals have become increasingly restricted, with the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Investigator award no longer available and the mentored Career Development Awards (K08...
From the College: Research Funded by Within Our Reach Highlighted
Five Within Our Reach science investigators provided overviews and updates of their RA research projects to the newly formed Within Our Reach advisory board at its inaugural meeting, held November 8, 2007.
Columns: Rheumatology’s Architect
Most members of the ACR know something about the ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF). It’s likely, however, that many don’t know as much as they should, considering the scope of its programs, its recent dramatic growth in resources, its ambitious agenda, and its critical role in creating a future for the profession of rheumatology.
From the College: Rheumatology the Winner of 2007 REF 5K Run
On November 9, during the 2007 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, more than 200 attendees and community friends took steps to ensuring the future of rheumatology by competing in the annual REF 5K Run/Walk. Through the generous donations of those who participated and corporate support from UCB, Inc., the event raised over $67,500 for REF award and grant programs.
From the College: 2008 REF Gout Print To Be Chosen by Ignacio Garcia-De La Torre, MD
While attending the ACR Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, ACR member Ignacio Garcia-De La Torre, MD, visited the ACR Research and Education booth to purchase the latest Rodnan commemorative gout print, A Fisher-King.
From the College: Mentor a Student—Inspire Rheumatology’s Next Generation
The size of the rheumatology patient population is projected to increase dramatically over the next decade, and there is an urgent need to recruit and train the next generation of rheumatologists. The ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) is committed to funding the necessary training and education programs to help combat the negative workforce trend, but it is up to you—today’s academic rheumatologist—to attract and train new clinicians and researchers.
From the College: ARHP IN 2008
As I begin my presidency, let me thank you—the ARHP membership—for allowing me to steer this organization through the 2008 year. As a physical therapist in clinical practice for more than 25 years, I have experienced the challenges of treating people with arthritis and rheumatic diseases. For the past 13 years, I have served the ARHP in various capacities and, as my personal involvement in the ARHP has grown, my knowledge of this premier rheumatology organization has also expanded.
From the College: Life Lessons and Career Empowerment
Since he was a high-school freshman, Nathan Faulkner has known he was going to pursue a career in medicine. Trauma to his left eye sparked his interest in the anatomy and physiology of the eye, and he originally considered a career in ophthalmology.
From the College: Become a Champion for RA
Ask any rheumatologist about the state of RA as a disease and you’re likely to get the same answer: There’s reason for great optimism and there’s a lot of work to be done.