Birmingham experts back rheumatoid arthritis awareness fundraiser

University of Birmingham researchers are backing a special fundraiser for the NRAS.

University of Birmingham researchers are backing a special fundraiser for a charity which helps rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients of South Asian origin to live with the painful and incurable condition.

The University’s partnership with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is working together to help patients with RA from minority ethnic backgrounds better understand how to control the condition and self-manage.

For the first time the team are supporting a special fundraising dinner organised by the NRAS, which sees Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar to act as the ambassador for University and NRAS and help engage the wider South Asian community.

There will be dancing, traditional Henna Artists, Dhol players and more on Saturday 10 November, in Slough – near the charity’s national HQ in Maidenhead. More details can be found on the NRAS website.

University of Birmingham expert Dr Kanta Kumar led the partnership with NRAS. Her research over the 14 years has been implemented in form of videos to help engage South Asian RA patients.

Dr Kumar commented: “We as an Institute of Clinical Sciences are delighted to support this event, as money raised will help NRAS to continue supporting people living with RA in the UK. The NRAS’s work is vital in helping South Asian community and other RA patients to manage their condition as well as their treatment expectations.”

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Notes to Editors

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.
  • The NRAS’ Apni Jung project was launched to coincide with the 2016 British Society for Rheumatology annual congress. The Apni Jung website provides patients with RA from minority backgrounds with high-quality educational materials on their condition in Hindi and Urdu, as well as video clips of Asian patients talking about their experiences.