Children’s Pediatric Rheumatologist Receives Prestigious Research Award

BIRMINGHAM (Aug. 7, 2013) – Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD, MSCS, a pediatric rheumatologist at Children’s of Alabama and an assistant professor of pediatric rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has received a Rheumatology Research Foundation Investigator Award. He will be recognized at the 2013 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting in San Diego in October.

The award provides support for basic science and clinical investigators engaged in research relevant to rheumatic diseases during the period they are developing projects that will compete for NIH funding. Stoll’s research seeks to identify intestinal bacteria present in excessive quantities in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) and to identify abnormal immunity to intestinal bacteria.

“The successful completion of this project will result in identification of bacterial triggers in patients with SpA which will allow us to eliminate the trigger via specifically-targeted antibiotic therapy or the introduction of more beneficial bacteria that could out-compete the harmful ones,” Stoll said.

This year, the Rheumatology Research Foundation will fund nearly $14 million in career development awards, disease targeted research grants and clinical trials to address the growing demand for patient care today while advancing the course of research that will yield tomorrow’s cures. Support for Stoll’s Investigator Award is provided through the Journey to Cure campaign that helps recruit and train future rheumatologists, educators and researchers, and fund targeted research toward finding a cure for inflammatory arthritis.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

The Rheumatology Research Foundation was established in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of advancing research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. It works in collaboration with the American College of Rheumatology to lead the effort to ensure that rheumatology keeps pace with  its rapidly growing challenges by cultivating the physicians, treatments and cures needed to care for those who lives are impacted by rheumatic disease. More information is available at www.rheumatology.org/foundation.

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