Arthritis Walk Honors Dr. Neil Cobelli's Contributions to Arthritis Research

Neil Cobelli, M.D.
Neil Cobelli, M.D.

At this year's New York City Walk to Cure Arthritis, the New York chapter of the Arthritis Foundation selected Dr. Neil Cobelli, professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery, as its medical honoree. In connection with the honor, the teams from Montefiore and Einstein's orthopaedics department raised more than $90,000, making them this year's top-fundraising group.

"I have been treating patients with arthritis for more than 30 years," said Dr. Cobelli in reflecting on his honor. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to give back on a larger scale, through the Arthritis Foundation, to help the 50 million Americans—300,000 of whom are children—living with arthritis today."

The annual five-kilometer Walk to Cure Arthritis is a nationwide event sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation that brings together patients, their families, and the corporate and medical community to raise awareness and funds to support discovery a cure for this debilitating condition.

This year's walk in New York City led participants from Foley Square Park, in Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge. Participants raised $524,095 overall.

"The money raised helps fund critical arthritis research at institutions such as Montefiore and Einstein," noted an Arthritis Foundation representative. "It also helps to provide important patient education programs that connect adults and families living with arthritis with the latest information about treatments and community resources."

During the past 15 years, the Arthritis Foundation has provided generous support for research projects related to arthritis and lupus at Einstein, and has honored Einstein investigators for their work in these areas. Currently, the foundation sponsors the annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium held at Einstein, which brings together world-renowned medical professionals and musculoskeletal researchers from the NYC tri-state area and is the only forum currently offered nationwide for the field.

Dr. Hui (Herb) Sun, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and of radiation oncology, acknowledged "We're grateful to the Arthritis Foundation for its important support of our annual symposia, which have been successful in each of the three years we've held them.  Results from the sponsored studies—including research of mine that is supported by an innovation grant—are very exciting and have great potential to be translated from the bench to the bedside."


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