American College of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR), founded in 1934, is based in Atlanta. Its mission is to attract and support the training and development of qualified physicians and other health care professionals, and to support research designed to investigate the causes, improve treatment, and work toward the prevention and cure of rheumatic diseases. These diseases include all forms of arthritis and more than 100 related diseases, such as osteoarthritis, systemic lupus, scleroderma, gout, HIV-associated rheumatic disease syndromes, tendonitis/bursitis, fibromyalgia, and Lyme disease.
According to recent reports published as a collaborative effort among the ACR, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Arthritis Foundation, an estimated 40 million Americans, or one in six, have some form of arthritis or other rheumatic condition. That number is expected to increase to 59.4 million by the year 2020.
Since 1985 the goal of the Research and Education Foundation (REF) of the ACR has been to invest in education and training programs for medical personnel, support research into the prevention and cure of rheumatic diseases, and lobby for more federal funding. The ACR publishes two journals, Arthritis and Rheumatism and Arthritis Care and Research. The ACR has also established a program of awards, including the Medical and Pediatric Resident Research Award, the ACR/REF/LRI Lupus Investigator Fellowship Award, the Physician Scientist Development Award, and the Pediatric Rheumatology Research Award.
close

Loading

Cite This Article
Lind, Catherine G. "American College of Rheumatology." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 07 January 2013. Web. 09 December 2016.
From Our Home Page
Seven Natural Wonders
The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia are the most physically spectacular or unusual sites in the state....

Read more...
Rich's Department Store

Founded in 1867, Rich's Department Store came to symbolize the retail shopping experience in

Read more...
Sherman's March to the Sea

The March to the Sea, the most destructive campaign against a civilian population during the

Read more...
Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre, the largest regional theater in the Southeast, is recognized nationwide as a great critical and commercial success.

Read more...
Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries