We are grateful to the following for their generous support of the IMACS workshops and studies:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/)
The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
The mission of The Myositis Association is to find a cure for inflammatory and other related myopathies, while serving those affected by these diseases. The Myositis Association of America (MAA) was created by Betty Curry in March, 1993, as the Inclusion Body Myositis Association (IBMA), a non-profit corporation. The National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) provided the names of 16 patients who became the initial members. The founder's purpose was to find and give out information about this rare disease.
Myositis Support Group is a charity in the United Kingdom established in 1985 by Les and Irene Oakley after their daughter was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis at the age of 6 years. The charity provides advice and information to those affected by dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis and juvenile dermatomyositis. The charity funds research and is dedicated to discovering a better understanding, quicker diagnosis, improved treatments and hopefully a cure.
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.
The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organisation which represents the patient, health professional and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations. EULAR endeavours to stimulate, promote, and support the research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases. In line with UEMS, EULAR defines rheumatology as including rheumatic diseases of the connective tissue, locomotor and musculoskeletal systems.
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 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.
The goals of ORD are to stimulate and coordinate research on rare diseases and to support research to respond to the needs of patients who have any one of the more than 6,000 rare diseases known today.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders. The mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease?a burden borne by every age group, every segment of society, and people all over the world.