Grants & Funding

2020 Travel Awardees

VERITY Travel Award Recipients

VERITY (Value and Evidence in Rheumatology using bioInformaTics, and advanced analYtics) is a NIAMS-funded P30 research program awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The next VERITY course is Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to Friday, May 15, 2020, in Boston, MA. The course is aimed at clinical investigators pursuing rheumatic disease epidemiologic and patient-oriented research. Course attendees will consist of early-stage (typically residents, fellows, or junior faculty) investigators pursuing clinical/patient-oriented/epidemiologic research studies in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Attendees will develop or refine a research protocol or specific aims for a grant proposal during the course

Through a partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, CARRA is able to select one member to receive full travel support and participate in the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research in Boston, MA at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Funding for this travel award is provided by NIAMS. The 2020 recipient for the full travel award is Patricia Vega Fernandez.


Patricia Vega Fernandez

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

CARRA also selected several applicants to receive partial sponsorship to participate in the VERITY/Brigham Course. Funding for this travel award is supported by the Arthritis Foundation. The 2020 recipients for partial travel support are Nicole Bitencourt, Jessica Bloom, and John Bridges.


Nicole Bitencourt

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Jessica Bloom

University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado

John Bridges

Children's of Alabama/University of Alabama Birmingham