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New Research Shows Promise for Finding A Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Date:9/3/2008

for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis affects an estimated 1.3 million Americans, yet funding to find new treatments and ultimately a cure remains significantly low compared to other autoimmune diseases. To address the critical need for additional funding and research support, the REF launched Within Our Reach in November 2006.

Within Our Reach is the largest private fundraising campaign in the REF's history. It will tap a diverse donor base, and raise $30 million to accelerate the innovative research necessary to find a cure for RA. The campaign has received tremendous support from the pharmaceutical industry, biotech companies, physicians and patients, raising more than $18 million to date.

"The Within Our Reach campaign is designed to accelerate research to better understand and ultimately find a cure for RA," said Dr. Crofford. "The information gleaned from the research grants underway has provided solid information for researchers to build upon as the campaign continues."

To learn more about rheumatoid arthritis and the campaign, please visit http://www.WithinOurReach.info .

About ACR Research and Education Foundation

The ACR Research and Education Foundation was established in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) with a mission to improve patients' lives through support of research and training that advances the prevention, treatment and cure of rheumatic diseases. Since its founding, the REF has promoted and advanced the field of rheumatology by funding research, training and education opportunities for clinicians, students, health professionals, researchers and academic institutions. On average, 90 cents of every dollar donated to the REF is used to fund its extensive award and grant program.

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