THIS WEEK - 2/21/2022



2022 CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Pediatric Residents Program

Registration deadline: March 17
Orientation: March 22, 5-6:30 p.m. ET
Pediatric Residents Program session: April 13, 7:30-9 p.m. ET

To address the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists and to expose pediatric residents to the field of pediatric rheumatology, CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation are supporting pediatric residents’ attendance at CARRA’s 2022 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.

The goals of the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Pediatric Residents Program are to:

  • Provide pediatric residents with access to the broad pediatric rheumatologic community
  • Encourage interested pediatric residents to consider careers in pediatric rheumatology
  • Introduce Pediatric Residents to the resources of the Arthritis Foundation


Questions? Contact CARRA Assistant Executive Director Jen Kowalski at [email protected].

Still Accepting Nominations: 2022 CARRA Awards

Take a few minutes to acknowledge a colleague by nominating them for a 2022 CARRA award!

The nomination deadline is March 1. Submit a nomination today!

  • CARRA Outstanding Service Award
  • CARRA Outstanding Research Coordinator Award
  • CARRA Outstanding Workgroup Leader Award
  • CARRA Outstanding Patient/Caregiver Service Award
  • CARRA Early Investigator Award


Congratulations to the 2022 CARRA-PReS Collaborative Research Award Recipients


 Grant Schulert, MD
 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center



 Christopher Kessel, PhD
 Universitätsklinikum Münster




Collaborators: Rebecca Marsh, Scott Canna, Dilan Dissanayake, David Cabral, Bas Vastert, Claudia Bracaglia, Carine Wouters

Read about their work: Speaking the Same Language: International cross-validation of emerging biomarkers for juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Registration opens March 1 for the 2022 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting!

We'll send you a link to register via email. You'll also be able to find it on the ASM 2022 web page. Add to your calendar:

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The online event will run May 2 - 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.  Schedule and details will be available soon.

Is your membership up to date?

To register for some of our CARRA ASM sessions, you must be a current member. Renew today! Late fees apply.


Members in the News

Research by Jonathan Hausmann, MD, CARRA member and assistant professor of rheumatology at Boston Children's Hospital, was recently featured in MEDPAGE TODAY noting the effectiveness of social media in reaching parents of children with rheumatologic diseases.

Dr. Hausmann's research was first published in ACR Open Rheumatology. Among the findings:

  • Children with rare rheumatologic diseases were overrepresented in the social media group relative to registry patients
  • 19% of the social media group had autoinflammatory diagnoses, compared with 0.5% of CARRA patients
  • 9% of the social media group had autoimmune encephalitis versus no one in the registry 

Read more here. (Free registration may be required.)

CARRA Funding Opportunities

The Spring Cycle Grant application portal is open!

All Spring Cycle Grants (Small, Fellow, Career Development, Implementation Science, ABC)

  • Application portal opened Feb. 14
  • Application portal closes March 14 at 11:59 p.m. CT

External Opportunities

Funding and educational opportunities for researchers, patients and families.


Rare Disease Day at Nationwide Children's 2022

  • Feb. 22 | 4 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Online and Columbus, OH
  • 2.5 hours non-physician attendance credit
  • Contact: [email protected]

Nationwide Children’s is a trusted medical home where patients with rare diseases come to find answers. Join the 4th Annual Rare Disease Day at Nationwide Children's to raise awareness of rare diseases and support our patients and families affected by them.

Subjects include:

  • Linking Patients, Families and Physicians: The DADA2 Experience
  • You will be Found: The Search of Answers in Rare Disease
  • Supporting your Child Coping with a Rare Disease
  • Rare Disease Care in Public Health
  • Family Panel

 Education Opportunities for Researchers

PReS Academy: MAS-sJIA Hybrid Course

  • March 17 - 18 | Rome, Italy | 200 €
  • Expert speakers include CARRA members. Visit the course site for full details.

PReS Academy: Vasculitis Hybrid Course

March 28 - 29 | Barcelona, Spain | 200 €

Funding Opportunities for Researchers

Lupus Foundation of America

Applications below | Due April 15, 4 p.m. CT

Now accepting grant applications aimed to develop the next generation of lupus scientific leaders.


Due April 30 | Pilot and Feasibility Application | $30,000

NIAMS PORTICO is seeking applications for innovative research in approaches that will support development of precision medicine in pediatric rheumatic and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases (PMSKD).

You must be a PORTICO Associate member to apply. There is no membership fee, and early career investigators and fellows are encouraged to apply.

Funding Opportunities for Your Patients

Arthritis Foundation Champions College Scholarship

Due March 31, 5 p.m. ET | Guidelines | Application

The Arthritis Champions Scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students with arthritis or a related rheumatic disease.

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