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If you are involved with the care of patients with pediatric rheumatic disease or work in a field related to pediatric rheumatology/pediatric rheumatology research, and are interested in getting engaged with CARRA’s research, you may be eligible to join CARRA!

Membership Overview

CARRA is a research network of over 550 pediatric rheumatologists, other physicians, researchers, and health care professionals. Our mission is to conduct collaborative research to prevent, treat, and cure pediatric rheumatic diseases. We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and a professional research organization.

CARRA Memberships

CARRA offers a variety of memberships and benefits to professionals engaged with pediatric rheumatology research and/or care at CARRA sites, other academic healthcare institutions, and medical care facilities. A CARRA site is a health care center with one or more current CARRA members.

All CARRA members are expected to participate in one or more research committees, participate in relevant surveys and elections, and abide by CARRA policies.

See below for CARRA membership types, eligibility, benefits, and relevant membership fees.

1. Physician and Pediatric Rheumatology Investigator Member (Annual Dues: $150)

View membership benefits HERE.

Includes the following individuals at CARRA sites, other academic healthcare institutions, and medical care facilities:

  • All pediatric rheumatologists and physicians from other specialties
  • Research scientists or health care professionals who have an advanced degree AND:
    • Served as the Principal Investigator of a study undertaken within CARRA,
    • OR
    • For more than five (5) years committed at least 50% of professional effort in a field relevant to pediatric rheumatology and published at least three peer reviewed articles in a field relevant to pediatric rheumatology.
  • All postdocs
  • Emeritus and retired physicians and pediatric rheumatologists (Membership fees will be exempted for those holding the Emeritus title.)
2. Research and Health Care Professional Member (Annual Dues: N/A)

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Includes the following individuals at CARRA sites or other academic healthcare institutions:

  • CARRA Registry Research coordinators and other pediatric rheumatology research coordinators working at CARRA sites.
  • Health care professionals (nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, etc.) and other research professionals (such as site regulatory coordinators) working at CARRA sites or other medical care facilities who do not meet criteria for “Physician and Pediatric Rheumatology Investigator Members”
3. Trainee Member (Annual Dues: N/A)

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Includes the following individuals at CARRA sites or other academic healthcare institutions:

  • Fellows participating in approved Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship programs in the US or Canada
  • International physicians participating in training programs with the goal of becoming pediatric rheumatologists
  • Pediatric Residents interested in pediatric rheumatology
  • Medical Students interested in pediatric rheumatology
  • Graduate Students interested in pediatric rheumatology

CARRA Associate Memberships (New in 2022)

CARRA now offers Associate Memberships as outlined below. Associate members may attend the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting but are not permitted to attend the CARRA business meeting.

1. Nonprofit/Government Associate Member (Annual Dues: $100)

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Includes leaders and/or staff (including patients/caregivers) from nonprofit or government organizations who are actively engaged in work related to pediatric rheumatology or a related field. Leaders may be paid or volunteer leaders (such as members of an organization’s Board of Directors or advisory boards).

2. Patient/Caregiver Associate Member (Annual Dues: N/A)

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Patient/caregiver associate members are individuals 18 years of age or older who are interested in becoming research partners with CARRA. This category of membership is intended for patient/caregivers who do not meet any other category for CARRA membership. Patient/caregiver leaders from other nonprofit and/or advocacy organizations should see “Nonprofit/Government Associate Member”.

3. Business and Industry Associate Member (Annual Dues: $300)

Includes individuals from for-profit companies engaged in the sale of health-related products or services, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Employees who lead or are actively engaged in a portfolio relevant to pediatric rheumatology or a closely related field are eligible. Relevant portfolios may include: (1) experimental medicine aimed at efficacy, mechanism of action, pharmacology, and/or safety of therapeutic agents; (2) digital health (e.g., apps, watches, monitoring devices); (3) diagnostics; and (4) device and medical data mining applications.

Must 1) have MD, PhD, or equivalent degree(s), or high-level relevant expertise or ability, 2) provide the name of a CARRA member who supports your application for associate membership, and 3) disclose your affiliation and any potential or real conflicts while participating in CARRA activities.

Apply for Membership

Online Application Requirements

All applicants will be asked to fill out a brief application form to provide their basic contact and demographic information, along with details regarding their experience with CARRA related research. As part of the online application process, all applicants will also be asked to:

Eligibility for membership will be assessed after review of your online application. If you meet the criteria and your membership is approved, you will receive an initial welcome email and be able to join committee and workgroups through your membership portal. Click here to learn more about CARRA’s research and stakeholder committees.

Click the button below to apply for CARRA membership.

Membership Renewal

Each year we ask members to renew their memberships by paying any relevant dues, reviewing and updating their membership profiles. This includes verifying current address(es), committees and workgroups. If your membership expired and you want to rejoin, or if you are unsure of your membership status, email [email protected].

For questions about CARRA membership, please contact Bailey Parker, Membership Coordinator, at [email protected]