Arthritis research

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Arthritis research has developed amazing treatments in the last 15 years. More needs to be done.

Only one in 10,000 compounds discovered in the lab actually will go all the way to FDA approval. On the whole, it takes about 15 years and more than one billion dollars to bring a new drug to market. Following this, a company has seven years of patent protection to recoup their investment. That's why drugs cost so much!

Most “bench”, meaning basic, research at the cellular level is done at university medical centers. Some clinical research is also done at the university level as well. The pinnacle of arthritis basic research is located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

What many people don’t realize is that much of the really good innovative clinical research is conducted at private centers.

What they are doing and their contact information is located below:

First, let’s start with what’s available at the NIH.

• Arthritis (see also )

o Arthritis and Exercise, Q & A
o Arthritis Pain, Q & A
o Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Q & A
o Rheumatoid Arthritis, Handout on Health
o Osteoarthritis, Handout on Health
o ¿Tengo Artritis?/Do I Have Arthritis? Spanish/English
o Osteoartritis (Osteoarthritis) Spanish only
o La Osteoartritis Resumen (Osteoarthritis Summary) Spanish only
o Osteoarthritis Initiative
o Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
o Psoriatic Arthritis (information package)
o Reactive Arthritis, Q & A
o Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Q & A

• Autoimmune Diseases
• Avascular Necrosis
• Behcet's Disease
• Bone Diseases (dozens of additional topics)
• Bunions (information package)
• Bursitis/Tendinitis (information package)
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (information package)
• Connective Tissue

o Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue, Q & A
o Breast Implants Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
o Breast Implants Report (PDF) Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

• Epidermolysis Bullosa
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia

o Fibromyalgia, Q & A
o Fibromyalgia: Summaries of Research

• Gout
• Growth Plate Injuries
• Hair Loss in Women (information package)
• Heel Pain (information package)
• Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
• Hip Replacement

o Hip Replacement, Q & A
o NIH Consensus Development Conference: Hip Replacement

• Itching (Pruritus) (information package)
• Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Knee Problems

o Knee Problems, Q & A
o NIH Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement

• Lichen Planus (information package)
• Lichen Sclerosus
• Low Back Pain (information package)
• Lupus

o A Patient Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professionals
o Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Handout on Health
o The Many Shades of Lupus: Information for Multicultural Communities
o ¿Tengo Lupus? Do I Have Lupus?

• Lyme Disease (NIAID)
• Marfan Syndrome

o Marfan Syndrome, Q & A
o El Síndrome de Marfan (Spanish only)
• Muscular Dystrophy (NINDS)
• Neck and Cervical Spine Disorders (information package)
• Osteogenesis Imperfecta
• Osteoporosis (and other bone diseases)

o Kids and Their Bones: A Guide for Parents
o Los niños y sus huesos: una guía para los padres Spanish only
o Osteoporosis: Progress and Promise
o Osteoporosis: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy
o Q & A on the Use of Hormones After Menopause for Osteoporosis
o Additional Information on Bone Diseases (dozens of additional topics)

• Pain

o Pain Research: An Overview
o Arthritis and Pain, Q & A

• Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
• Pemphigus and Other Blistering Disorders of the Skin (information package)
• Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
• Polymyositis/Dermatomyositis (information package)
• Porphyria (information package)
• Psoriasis
• Psoriatic Arthritis (information package)
• Raynaud's Phenomenon
• Reactive Arthritis
• Rheumatic Disease

o Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
o Rheumatoid Arthritis, Handout on Health
o Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Q & A

• Rheumatoid Arthritis

o Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
o Rheumatoid Arthritis, Handout on Health
o Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Q & A

• Rosacea
• Scoliosis

o Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents, Q & A
o Scoliosis in Adults (information package)

• Scleroderma
• Shoulder Problems
• Sjögren's Syndrome

o Sjögren's Syndrome, Q & A
o El Síndrome de Sjögren Resumen (Sjögren's Syndrome Summary) Spanish only
o El Síndrome de Sjögren (Sjögren's Syndrome) Spanish only

• Spinal Stenosis
• Sports Injuries

o Childhood Sports Injuries and Their Prevention: A Guide for Parents with Ideas for Kids
o Sports Injuries, Handout on Health

• Sprains and Strains
• Sun and Skin (information package)
• Sweating Disorders (information package)
• Vitiligo
• Other Related Topics

o How to Find Medical Information
o NIH Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement
o NIH Consensus Development Conference: Statement on Optimal Calcium Intake Published in JAMA (1994)
o NIH Consensus Development Conference: Hip Replacement (1994)
o NIH Consensus Development Conference: Sunlight, Ultraviolet Radiation, and the Skin (1989)
o NIH Consensus Development Conference: Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy (2000)

Information Packages:

NIAMS has information packages (IPs) which are available only on paper. Please contact the NIAMS Information Clearinghouse or visit the publications order form to request that a package be mailed to you. IPs typically include copies of one lay article and one or two professional publications.

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center
1232 22nd St., NW

Washington, DC 20037-1292

Phone: (202) 223-0344 or (800) 624-BONE

TTY: (202) 466-4315

Fax: (202) 293-2356

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases~National Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases. The mission of NIH ORBD~NRC is to expand awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of these diseases as well as strategies for coping with them. The Center provides information on osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, primary hyperparathyroidism, and other metabolic bone diseases and disorders.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

National Institutes of Health

1 AMS Circle

Bethesda, MD 20892-3675

Phone: 301-495-4484 or

877-22-NIAMS (226-4267) (free of charge)

TTY: 301-565-2966

Fax: 301-718-6366


The clearinghouse provides information about various forms of arthritis and rheumatic disease and bone, muscle, and skin diseases. It distributes patient and professional education materials and refers people to other sources of information.

FirstGov Access to sources of government information, including health information.

Healthy People 2010 A set of health objectives for the nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century.

For of the Middle Atlantic States, another excellent arthritis research non-profit is the:

Arthritis Research Institute

71 Thomas Johnson Drive

Frederick, MD


Attn: Comptroller

This organization funds clinical research into common types of arthritis focusing on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. They also help to provide funding for medicines for arthritis patients who have difficulty affording their medicines.

ARI is also associated with the Arthritis Treatment Center, one of the best private arthritis clinical research centers in the country.

They can be reached at (301) 694-5800; Fax (301)

Much of the good clinical research- research with patients in real world situations- is done by private organizations like the Arthritis Treatment Center.
They can be contacted at:

Arthritis Treatment Center
71 Thomas Johnson Drive
Frederick, Maryland 21702

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