Jodi Whitaker

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UK Researcher Receives Award From the Arthritis Foundation

Published: May 31, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2012) - Dr. Beatriz Hanaoka has been awarded a Clinical to Research Transition Award (CRTA) from the Arthritis Foundation. The purpose of the two-year, $60,000 grant is to support research that can lead to better treatments for patients suffering from polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM). The project, “Muscle architecture in chronic DM and PM,” will study these two idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, which are part of a group of autoimmune disorders that predominately affect the skeletal muscles.

 

Hanaoka is an assistant professor in the Department of Rheumatology at UK. As a member of UK's rheumatology clinic, Dr. Hanaoka is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care and conducting clinical and basic research that advances the treatment of rheumatologic disorders.

 

“I am extremely grateful to the Arthritis Foundation for this support,” said Hanaoka. “This grant will enable me to continue studying the muscle architecture of patients with dermatomyositis and polymyositis in hopes that we can one day decrease or even eliminate the decreased muscle strength and endurance problems they suffer on a daily basis.”

 

The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis. The Kentucky Branch delivers this mission through efforts in public health, public policy and research. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding over $400 million in research grants since 1948. To learn more, visit  www.arthritis.org or call 1-800-383-6843.

 

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