Yukiko Kimura, MD
Hackensack University Medical Center
The first day of autumn is always a little bittersweet: it signals the end of the long days of summer and vacations, but there’s also excitement about the new season and a fresh start. Of course the work never stops for an organization like CARRA, but the Fall season is again bringing many exciting changes! It’s clear that Arthritis Foundation support continues to be critical to the progress that we’ve made since our partnership began in 2015.
Here’s what we are expecting for CARRA in the last quarter of 2017:
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Early Investigator Experience at PReS
Drs. Hanna Kim, Rebecca Sadun, and Grant Schulert were each selected for the CARRA-PReS Travel Award, which covers up to $2500 in travel expenses related to attending the Paediatric Rheumatology European Association (PReS) Annual Scientific Congress (September 14- 17, 2017) and the preceding Young Investigators Meeting (YIM) (September 13-14, 2017), both in Athens, Greece. At the YIM, all young investigators had the opportunity to present their research. All three travel award winners also presented their research at the main PReS Scientific Congress. In addition, on behalf of the CARRA Early Investigator (EI) group, Hanna Kim presented an overview of both CARRA and the CARRA EI group, including discussing opportunities for international member involvement in CARRA.
Drs. Kim and Sadun also represented the United States at the PReS Trainee Working Group, where they learned more about the newly formed group for PReS Trainee members called EMERGE (EMErging RheumatoloGists and rEsearchers). One key new initiative they have developed is the PRES EMERGE fellowship, which provides financial support for a fellow from any country to visit an institution in Europe to gain additional training in a clinical or research domain; more information on this opportunity can be found at http://www.pres.eu/activities/young-investigators/fellowship-programs.html. EMERGE is also developing a mentorship program similar to CARRA’s AMIGO program.
Enrollment Update (as of 9/22/17)
2018 Membership Categories & Dues
As of January 1, 2018, there will be a few changes to membership categories and dues. The first change includes transitioning current Trainee Members to Fellow Members, and adding a “new” Trainee Member category for pediatric residents and graduate or medical students. Additionally, the Health Care Associate Member category will now be separated, with Associate Physician Members (physicians) and Associate Health Care Members (primarily nurses) each an option for members. Finally, International Associate Members will be asked to join as Pediatric Rheumatologists, with full voting rights.
All members changing to a new member type will be automatically moved to their new member type on November 1, 2017, when the 2018 membership form goes live. All members will need to renew, regardless of whether or not dues are owed. For an overview of the new membership categories and dues, visit the CARRA Website.
For questions, please contact Nicole Dahms, CARRA Meetings & Membership Manager, [email protected] or 414-918-9822.
ACR Meetings and Funding Support for CARRA Coordinators
Calling all coordinators interested in attending ACR in November! Here are some reminders about some great opportunities for seeing and networking with your fellow CARRA Coordinators:
Other funding opportunities include:
Applications must be submitted by December 1st via the CARRA Research Coordinators CE Application wiki site.
For questions contact an RCAC member or Officers:
|Jennifer Woo, Chair
|Marsha Malloy, Vice Chair
Have any other opportunities you would like to share with other CARRA Coordinators? Visit the CARRA Coordinators wiki page! https://wiki.carragroup.org/display/RAAC
CURE JM Fellowship Awards in Juvenile Myositis
The mission of Cure JM is to find better treatments and a cure for Juvenile Myositis, and improve the lives of families affected by JM.
The purpose of the fellowship award is: To support the training of physicians in pediatric rheumatology to gain clinical and research expertise in Juvenile Myositis.
Award Amount: $60,000/year for 2 years
Eligibility & Requirements:
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2017
Notification of Award: February, 2018
Award term begins: July 1, 2018
For more information and to apply, please visit the CureJM website.
Do You Have Good News to Share?
If you are a CARRA member and have a professional achievement (new grant awarded, a CARRA publication) you would like to share with our readership, please email the details to [email protected] with the subject “CARRA Newsletter Announcement for Consideration.”
JINGLE BELL RUN - #JingleBellRun
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure arthritis. Put on your favorite holiday costume or tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Form a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer.. and be a Champion of Yes! Visit www.jbr.org to find an event near you.
The Arthritis Foundation launched the iPeer2Peer Mentorship Program pilot at the beginning of summer! So far, the iPeer2Peer program has matched 13 teens with young adult mentors from all over the nation. Recruitment efforts continue, with additional mentor trainings planned in 2018, this program can support many more teens during their transition from childhood to adulthood, learning to live independently, while managing their arthritis and related childhood rheumatic diseases. More details on the iPeer2Peer Program and for patients to apply, please visit and share: www.arthritis.org/ipeer2peer. A special Thank You to The Hospital for Sick Children for their development of iPeer2Peer, partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, and support to launch the first US-based virtual support program for teens with childhood rheumatic diseases.