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The Research and Education Foundation the 501 (c)(3) charitable affiliate of the American College of Rheumatology. The REF is committed to funding rheumatology training and research programs that are vital to the care of patients suffering from these diseases. 

Today, due in large part to REF efforts, including an extensive awards and grants program, the number of fellows completing rheumatology training programs has increased by more than 50 percent. We simply could not have seen such dramatic improvement without the generous support of our donors.

As the REF continues to strive towards a brighter future for rheumatology, we count on continued generosity from our supporters. Make your donation to the REF today.

Download the current issue of New Frontiers in Rheumatology now to find out more about new and current REF award programs and research initiatives, as well as get to know REF award recipients and fellow donors.

REF News and Information

New Within Our Reach Request for Proposals announced
The REF is now accepting applications to fund innovative RA research through the Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis campaign. Interested applicants may download the RFP and application at

Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professorship Award deadline has been extended to September 1
There is still time to apply for this award to provide educational opportunities for medical students and residents in institutions where no established pediatric rheumatology expertise exists. Click here for more information.

REF partners with American Academy of Pediatrics to refine award
New this year - The REF is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics to further refine the REF/Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professorship Award and to provide a balanced selection process. With the help of the AAP, the REF hopes to further promote the award among the pediatric residency programs and incorporate AAP into the peer review and selection process. Click here to apply for this award.

REF announces the first Within Our Reach grant recipients
The first Within Our Reach RA Research grant recipients have been announced. Learn more about these grants and the recipients at

Pre-register online for the REF 5K Run/Walk at a special discount
Online registration now open for the 2007 REF 5K Run/Walk.

Amgen and Wyeth commit more than $5.5 million to support fellowship training
Amgen Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals have committed more than $5.5 million to support the enhanced ACR REF/Amgen/Wyeth Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award. Read the full press release.












REF Success Stories

David Caretto - Abbott Medical Student Research Preceptorship. Read his story.

Maribeth Morral - Abbott Medical Student Clinical Preceptorship. Read her story.

John Cluley - Abbott Medical Student Clinical Preceptorship. Read his story.

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