Chaired by Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, the Fondation Arthritis ("Arthritis Foundation") is now run by Lionel Comole, automotive engineer and race car driver, suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. The latter, a top sportsman who has never abandoned his passion, carries a message of hope and courage.
At the origin of the Fondation Arthritis, the ARP (Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Association) was created in 1989 under the leadership of two entrepreneurs: Jacques Courtin-Clarins, whose wife suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis, and Denis Bloch, whose son, then ten years old, was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
This association acts on two fronts: medical, supporting research on the causes of the most severe cases of joint disease, the discovery and evaluation of innovative therapies; and the media by informing the public about these diseases, their prevention and improving the quality of life of patients.
Alongside his father, Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins transformed this association into the Fondation Arthritis. An officially recognized organization, it is the largest private fund-raising initiative in the field of severe rheumatism.