The Arthritis Research and Education Fund is named after Camille Julia Morgan. Contributions to this fund enable our researchers to better understand the causes of arthritis and to advance the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. This fund also allows us to develop and provide educational information for our patients, their families, the broader public, and health professionals about these conditions.
Camille Morgan lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and received her care at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. RA is a chronic and potentially disabling condition that affects all aspects of people’s lives. This illness often requires the use of strong immunomodulatory medications to achieve control of the symptoms and to minimize its impact.
The outward effects of this condition are not always visible. After her untimely death due to complications of RA, many of her friends and colleagues were surprised to learn of her diagnosis. As her doctor, I know how important it was for her to maintain a high level of physical function and ability to fulfill those personal and professional activities and roles that were important to her. Together, we were able to come up with a plan that allowed her to realize her goals. She lived each day to its fullest, and went out of her way to help other people, in spite of the pain and limitations that she herself endured.
Camille worked professionally in the biomedical research sector and was herself an active participant in the research studies in the Arthritis Center. She contributed her clinical information and blood samples to our registry and databases so that we may continue to learn and make a difference for others. She understood the importance of patients, researchers, and others partnering to make the research process succeed.
Making personal health decisions is not always easy. Patients and their families need access to reliable information to better understand their conditions and options so that they can participate as full partners. Our Center is committed to improving the quality and accessibility of high quality information regarding arthritis, its treatment, and lifestyle considerations to help patients and families like Camille and her family make informed and shared decisions regarding care.
We greatly appreciate your support toward our research and educational efforts and honoring the memory of Camille through your contribution.
If you have questions about how to support arthritis research at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifton Bingham.