The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis, formerly known as the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement is committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.



Official Hosts of World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD14)
May 20th

Autoimmune Arthritis

Autoimmune Arthritis diseases are inflammatory autoimmune diseases that include joint involvement as a major area of affect in most patients.  In addition to joints, these diseases attack the connective and soft tissues and organs. 

While many diseases are considered "Autoimmune Arthritis", IFAA focuses on the primary group that most often presents with joint manifestations.  These include: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Primary
Sjogren's Syndrome* (SS), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Still's Disease, Juvenile Arthritis (JA), Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease/Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy (UCTD/USpA) 

*Sjogren's Syndrome may present with glandular and organ presentations only, however, many patients do experience joint pain, resulting from the disease itself or paired with one of the other diseases mentioned above.  Since it presents often in conjunction with the above diseases, we currently include it in our list of primary focus diseases.  It also is the most common "secondary" disease to the others listed in the primary group and therefore warrants more investigation.

More about Autoimmune Arthritis

 Our Focus: What Makes IFAA Unique

Global Reach.  The International Foundation for  Autoimmune Arthritis is the only major nonprofit with a global presence who focuses solely on the core Autoimmune Arthritis diseases.  Our "Global Network" approach was developed to unite other organizations, advocacy groups, and other resources from around the world so patients can access the best information possible to manage their lives with Autoimmune Arthritis diseases.  Learn More about our Global Network.

Patient-Led Research.  While historically nonprofits fund initiatives for research, IFAA takes part in the research ourselves.  We, as patients who are experienced in research techniques, identify community problems then use our expertise to influence change.  Our first funded research project, The Early Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis, is currently underway.  Learn more

We Understand Business and We Understand Patients IFAA was created by patients who are current and former business executives and educators who sought to identify and solve community issues that affect the patient of today and tomorrow.  We successfully combine business know-how with empathy to bring a much needed platform to the community.  Learn More

Patients: Submit YOUR Onset Story
August 16th-31st 2014

Are You a Patient Diagnosed with Adult Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Still's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, or Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease/Spondyloarthropathy?

While the research study portion of this project is coming to an end, many patients who do not meet the criteria to participate in the Early Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis study now have the opportunity to assist by submitting their onset and diagnosis story through August 31st, 2014. 

60 minutes of your time could change millions of patient lives forever.

  Learn more.

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