Our Mission

CARRA’s mission is to conduct collaborative research to prevent, treat and cure pediatric rheumatic diseases. We envision a world free of limitations from pediatric rheumatic diseases.

Our Story

In 2002, a small group of pediatric rheumatologists realized they shared a vision: Create an investigator-led collaborative research network with an elected leadership. The founding members of CARRA recognized that meaningful research in rare pediatric rheumatic diseases required collaboration among many pediatric rheumatologists and many centers, large and small.

Emulating the models of other successful pediatric research networks, our members strive to change the culture of research so that all patients with a rheumatic disease will be able to participate and contribute to finding a cure.

Learn more about CARRA’s story.

Our Organization

CARRA is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit. We are governed by a Board of Directors, with multiple committees and experienced staff to ensure effective operations.

CARRA fully recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our membership and networks. We seek to identify barriers to enhancing diversity and commit to overcoming these barriers in the future.

Our members practice throughout North America, with the CARRA headquarters office in Washington, DC. Our data coordinating center is the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) in Durham, NC.