Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, spouse or significant other, parent or other family member of a patient, we are here to help.

We are a patient-founded and patient-driven 501(c)3 non-profit foundation which strives to raise awareness about relapsing polychondritis and educate the public, as well as represent patients to the global medical community and support medical research toward a cure.

Affiliate Organizations

American Autoimmune and Related
Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA)

22100 Gratiot Avenue
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 776-3900
(800) 598-4668
aarda@aarda.org
aarda.org

National Organization for
Rare Disorders (NORD)

Headquarters
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 744-0100
(800) 999-6673
rarediseases.org

Global Genes
World Headquarters
28 Argonaut, Suite 150
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 248-7273
globalgenes.org

Patient Care and Studies

The AHN Autoimmunity Institute

The Autoimmunity Institute is the first of its kind in the world which provides comprehensive care to patients suffering from a wide range of autoimmune diseases. The AHN Autoimmunity Institute combines multispecialty care with cutting-edge research, patient education and advocacy to advance the treatment of autoimmune diseases and accelerate discovery of cures.

AHN Autoimmunity Institute
Allegheny Health Network
West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
ahn.org/specialties/autoimmunity-institute

Main Line
(412) 578-3511

Secondary Line
(833) 242-8246

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is studying patients with Relapsing Polychondritis (RP). Adult and pediatric patients are invited to come to the NIH in Bethesda, MD to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to observe how RP affects you and to collect blood samples for research. All patients will receive a comprehensive clinical evaluation by physicians with experience caring for patients with RP. Specific treatments will not be offered as part of study participation, but recommendations will be provided to your regular doctors as appropriate. All potential participants will undergo a screening process to determine if they satisfy the conditions for study participation.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Building: 10, Room: 2C145
Bethesda MD 20892
niams.nih.gov

RP patients who would like to have appointments at NIH and be considered for support from the Friends of Patients at the NIH should contact:
Wendy Goodspeed, RN
Research Nurse Specialist
NIAMS/NIH
goodspew@mail.nih.gov

The RP Foundation has established a fund to support the Friends of Patients at the NIH program (“Friends of Patients”).  The fund directly benefits relapsing polychondritis (“RP”) patients and their families and advances RP research at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Friends of Patients program helps RP patients and their families by providing:
• shelter at or near the NIH during the evaluation and testing process;
• support systems including assistance with family and caregiver transportation expenses to and from the NIH; and
• improved quality-of-life by reducing stress

If you’d like to support the RP Foundation’s Friends of Patients program, please make a gift to the RP Foundation at give.polychondritis.org.  Please denote “Friends of Patients” in the comment line.

Thank you for your compassionate support of the RP patients and families we serve. It is greatly appreciated!

RP patients who would like to have appointments at NIH and be considered for support from the Friends of Patients at the NIH should contact:
Wendy Goodspeed, RN
Research Nurse Specialist
NIAMS/NIH
goodspew@mail.nih.gov

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is one of the few research institutes in the world dedicated to discovering causes and cures to eliminate autoimmune and immune system diseases. At BRI, their scientists aren’t focused on eliminating one or two autoimmune diseases – they’re taking on all 80. And their slogan rings true, as progress against one autoimmune disease is progress against them all.

You can help move RP research forward by simply donating a blood sample to a biorepository. Go here for more information or call (877)202-5200.

1201 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2795
(206) 342-6500
info@BenaroyaResearch.org
BenaroyaResearch.org