AARDA supports autoimmune disease research in many ways. Through research grants, interviews, ARNet, and collaboration, AARDA’s strategic research initiatives help the entire autoimmune disease community.



The Autoimmune Research Network (ARNet) is a program run by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), in collaboration with many members of the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG.)

This research network empowers patients by facilitating their participation in research on autoimmune diseases by collecting patient information. This registry will be of great help to researchers and clinical trials.

Information shared with ARNet will be stored securely. Only the anonymized data will be made available for researchers to query.

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AARDA’s Virginia T. Ladd Young Investigators Program

Previously known as the “Young Investigators Grant”, AARDA awards funding to young investigators who research basic autoimmunity issues. Basic- referring to the whole autoimmune picture, or in research that could benefit the larger autoimmune community as opposed to a single or specific disease. Applications are reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Board, and recipients are required to report on their research.

In 2018, five grants were given and renewed in 2019 to the following investigators:

Stephany Tzeng- “Biomimetic Biodegradable Particles to Expand Protective Regulatory T Cells and Prevent Autoimmune Diseases” Johns Hopkins University

Beth Wallace- “Rheumatologist Proclivity to Prescribe Glucocorticoids for Rheumatoid Arthritis Management” University of Michigan

Eliza Tsou- “BET Bromodomain Proteins in Scleroderma Fibrosis” University of Michigan

Tarun Sharma- Rheumatoid Arthritis Biologic Tapering Initiative (RABTI): A Real World, Prospective, Cohort Analysis of Biologic Tapering in Stable, Well-Controlled Rheumatoid Arthritis by Implementing a Multi-Faceted Tapering Strategy” AHN Research Institute

Lior Brimbergs-  “A Therapeutic Strategy to Neutralize Maternal Autoantibodies Aiming to Protect the Developing Fetus” The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

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Please note that we are not accepting applications at this time. Please email [email protected] with inquiries, and include “Young Investigators Program” in the subject line.

AARDA’s Dr. Noel Rose Scientific Colloquium Program

For more than 20 years, pioneering and pre-eminent autoimmunity researcher and 2019 Golden Goose honoree, Dr. Noel Rose, has spearheaded AARDA’s Scientific Colloquia program to provide the nation’s leading researchers in autoimmune and related diseases to convene and discuss their individual work and opportunities together. Dr. Rose organizes two colloquia each year on topics of unique interest to autoimmune researchers and the autoimmune community.

According to Dr. Rose, great efforts are made to invite the “top leaders” who are important to the understanding of autoimmune disease as participants seek new opportunities for improved diagnosis and treatment. At each meeting, about 16-18 speakers give brief accounts of their research areas and then engage an active discussion in new research ideas.


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Researchers can also find published articles at PUBMED.gov (quick search with “autoimmune disease” search terms).


Research & Autoimmunity

  • We have only begun to discover the role that autoimmunity plays in many chronic illnesses. As evidence of this new knowledge, the NIH established Centers of Excellence in autoimmune diseases. AARDA provides funds for peer-reviewed basic autoimmune research and donor-directed specific disease research/fellowships.
  • AARDA initiated the founding of the Center for Autoimmune Disease Research at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center and provided a major grant for start-up funding. AARDA continues its support of the Center’s research program. We support outstanding research at several major research institutes.