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American College of Rheumatology 

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is the professional organization of rheumatologists and associated health professionals who share a dedication to healing, preventing disability, and curing the more than 100 types of arthritis and related disabling and sometimes fatal disorders of the joints, muscles, and bones. Members include practicing physicians, research scientists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers.

 

Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance 

The purpose of the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) is to create a robust multicenter organization that can support clinical trials and clinical research in childhood arthritis and pediatric rheumatology. Both investigator-initiated and industry sponsored trials would be performed by this network. This network would expand and build upon the experience of the current clinical trials network in pediatric rheumatology, the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group.

 

Environmental Autoimmunity Group, NIEHS ("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=28716&sys_revision=4&sys_variantid=639&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="639" sys_dependentid="28716" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="28716" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="")

The Environmental Autoimmunity Group (EAG) conducts a broad program of clinical and basic investigation in the area of adult and pediatric autoimmune diseases. The EAG uses multidisciplinary approaches to understand the roles of genetic and environmental risk factors for these diseases. We are currently focusing investigations on the Systemic Rheumatic Diseases.

 

Euromyositis 

A registry of adult and juvenile myositis patients created to obtain uniform, longitudinal data in order to achieve increased knowledge on disease course and prognosis of myositis. In addition, this registry could be used as a tool in the clinic to assess patients. Individual visits contain details on the disease activity, including extramuscular symptoms, laboratory parameters, muscle weakness, physical abilities, treatment, autoantibodies, biopsy results and damage caused by the disease. Each centre (hospital) only has access to their own data.

 

European Neuromuscular Centre (ENMC) 

The ENMC is an international research support organization for neuromuscular disorders, and strives to facilitate communication amongst scientists and clinicians working in the area of neuromuscular disease. The main route whereby ENMC facilitates communication and collaboration is via the funding and organisation of workshops with regard to a range of neuromuscular diseases. The ENMC also established a clinical trials network.

 

Juvenile Dermatomyositis Research Group 

A group of UK Pediatric Rheumatologists at 10 children’s hospitals formed The Juvenile Dermatomyositis Research Group (JDRG) and began recruiting patients to the JDM Cohort Biomarker Study and Repository (formally known as the National (UK and Ireland) Registry and Repository).The study and repository collects and stores serial clinical data linked to biological specimens such as serum, DNA, skin and muscle tissue from biopsies.

 

The Myositis Association 

The mission of The Myositis Association (TMA) is to find a cure for inflammatory and other related myopathies, while serving those affected by these diseases.

 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.

 

National Institutes of Health 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the United States. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

 

Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation 

The Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation (PRINTO) is an international network aimed to foster, facilitate and conduct high quality research in the field of paediatric rheumatology.

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

 

Washington University Neuromuscular Disease Center 

An excellent educational resource for physicians detailing the differential diagnoses of the myopathies with useful clinical and pathologic descriptions of many neuromuscular diseases.

 

World Muscle Society 

A multidisciplinary scientific society dedicated to advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the neuromuscular field for the benefit of patients. Started in 1995, the society has grown to more than 600 international members, held international congresses and performed collaborative research studies and clinical trials.

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