Since 1991, AARDA has yielded high-impact results for all people and their families who live daily with autoimmune diseases.

Overall track record of success…

  • Help tens of millions of autoimmune disease patients and their families around the globe with information, research, and referrals
  • Award nearly $5 million in research grants, fellowships, and medical school scholarships
  • Establish and facilitate the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG)a coalition of autoimmune disease patient support and advocacy organizations
  • Obtain designation of March as National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month (ADAM)

Impeccable history of financial responsibility…

  • Receive Charity Navigator’s highest, 4-star rating repeatedly
  • Consistently comply with the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence standards
  • Meet all 20 standards of charity accountability for the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance
  • Participate in the Independent Charities of America, a Combined Federal Campaign, annually since 1994 and maintain its “Best in America” certification

Strong commitment to patients…

Drive of collaborative autoimmune research…

  • Initiate or fund more than 125 research grants and fellowships at prestigious research institutions and/or in partnership with various National Institutes of Health institutes
  • Sponsor, support, or provide speakers for 155 research/scientific/clinical meetings and conferences in 23 U.S. states and 20 other countries
  • Fund research resulting in groundbreaking publications on epidemiology, environmental triggers, women, and the microbiome, etc.
  • Establish the Autoimmune Research Network (ARNet), a patient-powered database to facilitate research
  • Maintain a research partnership with Johns Hopkins University Autoimmune Disease Reseach Clinic (JHADRC) and Dr. Noel Rose since 1991

Educate the general public about autoimmunity as a major disease category…

  • Conduct regular benchmarking research to gauge public awareness and understanding of autoimmune disease
  • Survey patients and physicians on key autoimmune disease issues, including health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, biosimilars, biologics, and patient safety, fatigue, and physician education
  • Author publicly available white papers on these issues
  • Generate thousands of national and local print, television, radio, and online news articles on autoimmune disease

How can you help AARDA achieve greater success?

AARDA recently has spearheaded several strategic and big-picture initiatives to further understanding, diagnosing, treating, and discovering a cure for autoimmune disease. All are in the beginning stages and require funding to reach fruition. Your generous support will help AARDA:

  • Expand the Dr. Noel R. Rose Scientific Colloquium series on early promise research areas
  • Increase overall research funding and support AARDA’s Virginia Ladd Young Researchers Program
  • Permanently establish its Washington, DC Office to handle all patient advocacy initiatives

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Since 1991 AARDA has been the nation’s leading advocate for the millions of people affected by autoimmune diseases. Help us help others.