In addition to her full research, clinical and administrative calendar, Dr. Gravallese is now an associate editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, a post she is enjoying because of the exposure to cutting-edge work being done in clinical medicine. She keeps clinical duties in the mix, she says, “because I’ve always felt that was a major influence in all of my work.”
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As discoveries about osteoclastogenesis and other pathways of inflammatory joint damage have led to new targets for intervention, Dr. Gravallese has been a major contributor to the paradigm shift in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. She reflects on the immense changes in the field, recalling that when she was a fellow, RA patients in clinic waiting rooms were often wheelchair bound. “When I show pictures of those patients to our fellows now, they are shocked,” she says. “We can pretty much avoid the crippling effects of RA now due to the research that’s been done by many investigators in the field over the past 15 years. It’s been very rewarding to be a part of the journey.”
Gretchen Henkel is a health and medical journalist based in California.
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