The Arthritis Foundation recently funded two new Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) transdisciplinary research grants. Dr. Joyce Chang and Dr. Natoshia Cunningham have been awarded two years of funding for each of their projects.
Dr. Chang’s project relates to care for adolescents with chronic rheumatic diseases as they transition to adult care. Dr. Cunningham’s study will examine cognitive behavioral therapy as a way for kids with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) to manage fatigue, pain and depression.
This is the first year the transdisciplinary research grants have been awarded. They are intended to support the development and implementation of research projects capable of advancing knowledge applicable to multiple pediatric rheumatic diseases. Examples of studies considered for this grant include, but are not limited to: mental health, reproductive health, implementation science, cardiovascular health, transition (between juvenile and adult rheumatic care) and telemedicine/informatics.
Congratulations to the new transdisciplinary research grant awardees and thanks to our generous donors who made this program possible!
Maximum funding for these grants is $150,000 over two years. These grants run from December 1, 2019, through November 30, 2021.