The Rheumatology Research Foundation hosted the 13th annual Investigators Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 22‒23. The meeting provides Foundation-funded researchers with an opportunity to share updates on their studies, network, exchange ideas and collaborate on future projects to advance treatments and cures for rheumatic diseases. More than 50 rheumatology professionals were in attendance, with presentations from 15 researchers.
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Rheumatology Research Foundation President Abby Abelson, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, greeted attendees and explained the importance of networking at such events as the Investigators Meeting. “This an exceptional opportunity to learn about how Foundation-funded investigators are accelerating research,” said Dr. Abelson.
At this year’s meeting, 15 investigators working on the first and second years of their projects presented progress updates to colleagues, donors and leaders in the Foundation. Presentations ranged from very basic science to outcomes. The two-day program was broken into sessions by research area, including sessions on systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren’s syndrome, real-world rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis, and basic mechanisms of tissue damage.
Visit www.rheumresearch.org to learn more about how the Foundation advances research and training to improve the health of patients living with rheumatic disease, and visit https://www.rheumresearch.org/how-giving-helps to learn how you can support this important work.