Two awarded Arthritis Foundation grants

July 21, 2005

A post doctoral student and a former resident at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center each were awarded West Research Grants from the Arthritis Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, for their research on causes of arthritis.

Kristian Garver, a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stanley Naides, professor of medicine and division chief for rheumatology, received a $5,000 award for his studies on the causes of post-streptococcal reactive arthritis, a debilitating bacterial disease.

Eric Burks, a former resident at Penn State Hershey who now is a fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Boston, received a $5,000 award to investigate how Felty's Syndrome, a complication of long-standing rheumatoid arthritis, is related to T-cell large granular lymphocyte leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis. At Penn State Hershey, Burks worked in the laboratory of Tom Loughran, director, Penn State Cancer Institute, and professor of medicine.

The West Research Grants named for benefactors Clyde G. and Thelma S. West of Waynesboro, Pa., are bestowed to students or doctors specializing in rheumatology, orthopedics or research in the arthritis field. Each year, grants of $5,000 each are awarded to as many as three qualified applicants.

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