The Rheumatology Research Foundation recently announced that it has awarded grants to 85 rheumatology trainees and professionals. The recipients, who range from medical students and residents to experienced investigators and rheumatologists, will receive funding for essential education and training, as well as innovative research projects. Their applications, which were submitted last year, were closely examined by experts in different areas of the field through an extensive peer review process.
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In the new fiscal year (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017), the Foundation will fund an estimated 275 awards totaling nearly $10.48 million. Recipients of the remaining awards will be announced later this year.
One example is the Investigator Award, which encourages junior investigators to continue innovative research into the cause, prevention and treatment of rheumatic diseases. Another award, the Scientist Development Award, supports individuals who are in the early stages of their research career as they strive to establish themselves as investigators in the field. Additionally, the Foundation’s Medical and Graduate Student Preceptorship program recruits and trains the next generation of rheumatology health professionals by providing them with a full-time mentorship with an established rheumatology professional.
Funding from the Foundation’s awards and grant program helps recruit and train the next generation of rheumatologists, while also advancing discoveries that could lead to new treatments and cures. As a rheumatologist and professor at Temple University, Audrey Uknis, MD, has witnessed several students gain valuable experience from Foundation preceptorships and career development awards. She also received the Foundation’s Physician Scientist Development Award to help jumpstart her own career, as one of the first awardees of the Foundation. “The Foundation has enabled scientists, physicians and other healthcare professionals to have the ability to acquire the skills and to have the resources to improve the care that we can provide to patients,” says Dr. Uknis.
The Foundation is able to provide its critical funding, thanks to generous donations from patients and families, the rheumatology community and corporate supporters. Among the Foundation’s biggest corporate supporters are members of the Corporate Roundtable (CRT), a dynamic partnership between the Foundation and industry leaders.
AbbVie, a member of the Corporate Roundtable and Leadership-level donor, has been a major supporter of the Foundation for several years. “Our ongoing support of the Rheumatology Research Foundation represents our commitment to advancing significant discoveries that have the potential to transform care for people around the world,” says Jim Salanty, vice president, U.S. Rheumatology, AbbVie. “Together, we’re focused on fostering an increased understanding of rheumatologic diseases and creating unique advancement opportunities for healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to bettering patient care in rheumatology.”