CARRA Newsletter - January 2019 Issue 1


Renew your CARRA Membership today!

Membership renewal is now open! As a CARRA member, you can:

Members must review/update their membership records annually and remain current on dues in order to be eligible for the above benefits.

Membership Renewal Due Date: February 1, 2019.

View the CARRA 2019 Membership Categories and Dues here.

If you have any questions, please contact CARRA at [email protected] or 414-918-9822.

In this Issue...

2019 Membership Renewal

2019 CARRA Elections

2019 Annual Meeting Updates
Abstract Deadline is January 10!

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small Grant & Fellow Grant Announcement

PReS/EULAR Travel Award

VERITY Pilot & Feasibility Research Award

Thank You - CARRA National Team

Registry Enrollment Updates

Upcoming Events

Arthritis Foundation Updates

2019 CARRA Elections - Round 1 Voting Opens January 10

Voting Deadline: January 21, 2019
Positions: JIA Chair and RCN Chair

Ballots will be emailed on January 10 to CARRA Members who are eligible to participate in these elections. Keep an eye on your inbox!

CARRA will hold two rounds of elections for the open Steering Committee positions. The first round will be for the election of the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Committee Chair and the Research Coordinator Network (RCN) Chair. The second round will be for the election of the JIA Vice Chair, the Pain Committee Chair, and the RCN Vice Chair. See below for the timeline of the 2019 Steering Committee Elections.

  Round 1 (JIA Chair, RCN Chair) Round 2 (JIA Vice Chair, RCN Vice Chair)
Nominations Due December 20 February 13
Nominee Applications Due January 7 February 20
Voting Opens January 10 February 26
Voting Closes January 21 March 7
Announcement of Election Results January 31 March 14

The Steering Committee has approved a reorganization of the coordinator network in an effort to improve research engagement across sites and to align these efforts with the current goals of the CARRA organization.

To learn more about this reorganization, visit the CARRA website.You may nominate yourself or someone else. To view the full election timeline and Scope of Work for each position, please visit the Elections page on the CARRA website.

If you do not receive your voting ballot or have any questions, please contact Brian Mondragon Jones at [email protected].

2019 Annual Meeting Updates

Registration Opening Soon!

The 2019 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from April 10-14, 2019. For the latest information about the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting, visit our website.

Registration will be opening at the end of January. Stay tuned for further details!

Housing Now Open!

Housing is now open for the 2019 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting. The event will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. For hotel information and travel reimbursement information, please click here.

Call for Abstracts - Application Deadline: January 10, 2019

CARRA invites you to submit an abstract to the 2019 Annual Meeting! The deadline to submit abstracts is January 8, 2019 and the abstract submission site is NOW OPEN! Contact CARRA staff with any questions by emailing [email protected] or by calling 414-918-9822.

The 2019 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from April 10-14, 2019.

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small & Fellow Grant Announcement

Applications Due: February 15, 2019

Applications for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small and Fellow Grant funding opportunities are due on Friday, February 15, 2019! Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST. Click on the "Submit a Small Grant" or "Submit a Fellow Grant" buttons below to submit your application.

For the Small Grant, eligible investigators can apply for up to $25,000 in total project costs. The research project can be a pilot, continuation of ongoing research, or other projects that move forward clinical or translational research that furthers the CARRA mission. Preference will be given to research that is collaborative in nature, which leverage current CARRA network resources and/or will further develop the CARRA network. New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration. Please click here for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small Grant Application requirements.

For the Fellow Grant, eligible investigators can apply for up to $25,000 in total project costs. This funding opportunity is exclusively available for fellows entering their third year who wish to perform a CARRA-related research project (utilizing the CARRA network, the CARRA Registry or data and/or samples from other CARRA studies). The project must not be necessary to meet the ABP requirement for scholarly work product, but it may be supplemental. The intent of this funding program is to augment the fellow’s research portfolio by supporting a project that extends, enhances or is distinct from their primary scholarly project, as defined and required by the ABP for Board eligibility. Please click here for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellow Grant Application requirements.

If you are planning to submit for the upcoming cycle, please review all information available on the CARRA website prior to starting your application. If you have any questions about eligibility, budget or the submission process, please contact the CARRA Research Administrator at [email protected]. Use of the templates provided on the CARRA website is REQUIRED. Applications that do not follow the provided instructions will not be considered.

2019 PReS/EULAR Travel Award

Final application deadline: January 17, 2019

CARRA is funding up to 2 travel awards for Early Investigators and/or fellows to attend the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology 2019, a joint congress with Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) annual meeting, and the preconference meeting for young/early investigators in Madrid, Spain from June 11 through June 15.  This opportunity is open to all CARRA US and Canadian Early Investigators (finished fellowship in 2012 or later) and fellow members. This is an outstanding meeting and a great chance to present your work and network.

The goals of this travel award are to

  1. Create collaboration between the CARRA Early Investigator group and the PReS Young Investigator group.
  2. Give CARRA members an opportunity to give a scientific presentation (oral or poster) at an international meeting.
  3. Allow CARRA members to attend the very highly-regarded EMEUNET-PReS EMERGE Young Investigators Meeting (YIM), which starts mid-day on June 11, 2019.
  4. Provide an opportunity for CARRA Early Investigators to network and collaborate with international colleagues.


  1. Amount: Up to $2,500 per awardee to pay for registration and travel.
  2. Meeting details:
  3. EULAR abstract submission site (due by January 31):
  4. Awardees must commit to attending the entire meeting (including the EMEUNET-PReS EMERGE Young Investigators Meeting (YIM)).
  5. Abstracts submitted for this meeting will be published by BMJ Publishing Group Limited and European League Against Rheumatism in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.  

To be considered for this travel award, you must submit the following to CARRA

  • Draft abstract
  • 1-2 paragraph personal statement: This should consist of less than one page describing yourself, your career goals, and any ongoing research projects. Include details on how you will benefit from this opportunity, and what, if any, specific impact your participation will have on CARRA.
  • CV or NIH Biosketch
  • Letter from your division chief stating that you will be allowed to take the time to attend the meeting.

Please submit these materials via this online application form. CARRA will review abstracts and make selections before the official abstract submission site closes on January 31, 2019.

Contact CARRA Research Administrator, ([email protected]) with questions about the application process.

VERITY Pilot & Feasibility Research Award 2019 Announcement

VERITY (Value and Evidence in Rheumatology using bioInformaTics, and advanced analYtics) is a NIAMS-funded P30 awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within its first year of infancy, VERITY has gained momentum in the rheumatic and musculo-skeletal research world. Not only has it established three cores (Administrative, Bioinformatics and Methodology cores) and the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research under the P30, it has also launched the VERITY Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Research Award. This award is a NIAMS-supported $20,000 grant that is aimed at providing seed funding for new projects as well as to offer an opportunity to the VERITY Research Community to develop skills in proposal preparation. All applicants must be a member of the VERITY research community and the selection committee will favor VERITY young investigators (rank of Assistant Professor or below) who have not been awarded an R01 grant or equivalent. The 2019 award application is due May 1, 2019 at 5:00PM ET. To learn more information on VERITY and the P&F Research Award, please visit

Thank You for Supporting the Arthritis Foundation and CARRA’s National Team!

CARRA would like to extend its sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the Arthritis Foundation through our CARRA National Team for the 2018 Jingle Bell Walk season. With your help, we raised a total of $14,876. Congratulations to Team Nigrovic Lab for being our top fundraising team and to Kelly Rouster-Stevens for being our top fundraiser.                                                                                                              

The Arthritis Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of CARRA since its inception and is a major partner in support of our research to improve outcomes for children with rheumatic diseases. CARRA will be supporting the Arthritis Foundation this spring via the Walk to Cure Arthritis events. Stay tuned for details on how you can get involved and join Team CARRA to support the Arthritis Foundation this spring!

Thank you again and best wishes for the New Year!                                                                           

Registry Enrollment Update (as of 1/3/19)

Important Upcoming Dates

Arthritis Foundation Updates


Arthritis Foundation Juvenile Arthritis Conferences      

Save the Dates - Arthritis Foundation announces 2019 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference locations. July 18 - 21 in Houston, TX and August 1 - 4 in Minneapolis, MN.

iPeer2Peer Mentorship Program

The Arthritis Foundation offers the iPeer2Peer mentorship program in partnership with iOUCH (improving Outcomes in Child Health through Technology) research team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada. The goal of this program is to help and support teens (13 - 17) with juvenile arthritis (JA) or related childhood rheumatic diseases by connecting them with a trained young adult mentor who shares similar experiences growing up with JA or related childhood rheumatic diseases. Marketing materials available for clinics through Arthritis Foundation local offices. Continuous mentee recruitment, online application for parents and teens for more details visit