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Dr. Jose Scher RA Research

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Jose Scher

Dr. Jose U. Scher, a current Arthritis Foundation-funded investigator, has been looking at the relationship between bacteria and inflammatory diseases for more than 10 years. Dr. Scher’s current Arthritis Foundation funded project, “Pan-Microbiome in At-Risk Subjects and New-Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA),” looks at the relationship of bacteria (or “microbiome” in the mouth, lungs, and intestines) and the development of RA.
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2017 Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Highlights from 2017 Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting

Close to 200 patients, FDA staff, industry leaders, members of the media and academic personnel listened or participated in the groundbreaking Osteoarthritis Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting on March 8. The meeting was a forum for OA patients to share their experiences with the disease and talk about the signs and symptoms that matter most to them.
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Arthritis Research Dr. Virginia Kraus

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Virginia Kraus

Research on bacteria that live within our bodies has progressed in recent years and is gaining respect in the scientific community. Most of these bacteria live in our gut, and scientists think they shape our health in a number of ways – some good and some bad. Dr. Virginia Kraus is currently researching bacteria in her 2-year Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “The Role of Low-Grade Endotoxemia in Osteoarthritis.” Her project looks at one molecule made by harmful bacteria.
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Dr. Delesha Carpenter arthritis research

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Delesha Carpenter

Many of us go to multiple doctors’ appointments throughout the year. Between those appointments, work, family life and other things it can be hard to process and remember the information your doctor tells you. One of our funded researchers, Dr. Delesha Carpenter is looking at how well Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients recall information about newly prescribed DMARDs – disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Her 3-year Arthritis Foundation funded research project, called “Understanding how RA patients process conflicting information about DMARDs”, was recently presented at the 2016 ACR Annual Meeting & Conference in November.
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Osteoarthritis Drug Development Meeting

Arthritis Foundation to Host Meeting for Osteoarthritis Patients to Share their Stories with the FDA

Last year, the Arthritis Foundation cosponsored the Accelerating Osteoarthritis (OA) Clinical Trials Workshop with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The focus of the workshop aimed at identifying ways to get new diagnostics & treatments to clinics faster for the arthritis community. Important key takeaways from the workshop included a focus on patients – how they need to be more involved in the scientific discovery process and that scientists should consider their needs and wants in designing clinical trials.
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Dr. Farshid Guilak

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Farshid Guilak

In July, we reported on Dr. Farshid Guilak’s remarkable breakthrough in orthopedic and osteoarthritis research. That research found a way to grow new cartilage on a hip joint shaped scaffold, using stem cells. His current Arthritis Foundation-funded project, “Engineering New Biologic Therapies for Arthritis,” is just as trailblazing.
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Dr. Wimmer Arthritis Foundation research

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Markus Wimmer

The third part of our researcher spotlight series is with Dr. Markus Wimmer, Associate Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Director of Human Motion Analysis and Tribology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Wimmer is one of 11 researchers to receive funding in early 2016 for his innovative research project, which uses mobile technology to show how a non-invasive treatment can improve health outcomes for people with osteoarthritis (OA). Dr. Wimmer’s 2 year research project is called “Augmented Feedback Using Pressure Detecting Insoles to Reduce Knee Loading”. The purpose of his research is to look at the use of a pressure based insole to train the OA patient to walk in a way that will reduce pressure in the knees. Reducing knee joint pressure loads may help reduce pain and disease progression.
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Dr. Sun Arthritis Foundation research

Researchers on the Path to a Cure – Spotlight on Dr. Herb Sun

In August, we brought you our first investigator spotlight on Dr. Cho, one of our 11 researchers to receive funding for scientific research earlier this year. We’ve chosen the brightest minds in the field and the projects they are working on are truly innovative. Today, we are spotlighting another investigator to learn more about his project.
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Osteoarthritis Foundation International

Arthritis Foundation Becomes Founding Member of OA Task Force

To build a better understanding of patient needs across nations and cultures, the Arthritis Foundation accepted an invitation to become a founding member of a new Osteoarthritis (OA) Task Force this month. The taskforce is an initiative coordinated by the OA Foundation International (OAFI) and the Arthritis Foundation to aid in the prevention and treatment of OA as well as the improvement of patient quality of life.
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Arthritis Daily Struggle Research

Arthritis Foundation Survey Finds Nearly 75% of Arthritis Patients Struggle with Arthritis Daily

Leading the fight towards a cure for arthritis is a huge responsibility. In order to provide the best tools, resources, and information, it’s crucial to understand the daily struggle and pain experienced by the over 50 million people suffering with the disease. Earlier this year, the Arthritis Foundation teamed up with Nielsen to conduct a nationwide survey to gain a deeper understanding of the everyday challenges faced by people living with arthritis.

The survey was administered to 1,478 people, including people with arthritis who both have and have not engaged with the Arthritis Foundation, as well as parents of children with juvenile arthritis. Survey results show that pain continues to limit and hinder people with arthritis, making it challenging to execute self-care, attend school and work, or participate in recreational activities. In fact, nearly 3 in 4 (73%) of respondents strongly/somewhat agreed that they “struggle with arthritis daily.”

In addition to the Arthritis Foundation study, earlier this year, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, funded a survey, Understanding America’s Pain, which found that many Americans lack a basic understanding about pain medications and the potential risks they pose.  The study revealed that, in addition to the lack of understanding, only 30 percent of respondents who experience pain feel their pain is completely controlled.

Pain is a significant side effect of arthritis and can be debilitating. Understanding your pain and learning how to manage it is extremely important; that’s why we’re continually developing tools and resources like Breaking the Arthritis Pain Chain Toolkit, the Arthritis Resource Finder, YES (Your Exercise Solution) Tool, and Better Living Toolkit to provide tips, support and ideas for how to overcome the daily challenges of living with arthritis and improve your quality of life.

The Arthritis Foundation is reviewing the comprehensive results of its study conducted by Harris Poll to identify and introduce new resources to help people with arthritis cope with pain so we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the millions of Americans living with the disease.

Methodology
The Arthritis Foundation survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation between June 3 and July 13, 2016, among 1478 U.S. adults aged 18 or older who are diagnosed with arthritis or the parent of a child with arthritis who is under the age of 18.  The sample included 722 adults with arthritis who are members of the Arthritis Foundation. Results have been weighted to be representative of key population demographics such gender, age, race, geography, and education among the general population. Among Arthritis Foundation members data has been weighted proportionately to represent the populations of involvement groups outlined above. For more information on the study please contact Claire Villines, communications manager, Arthritis Foundation.