The University of Colorado Program for Advancing Spondyloarthritis Treatment (U.C.PAST) is committed to improving the care of patients with spondyloarthritis by advancing our scientific understanding of the disease, developing innovative treatments including disease prevention, and promoting enhanced quality of care. We hope to allow society see past our current state to a future free of spondyloarthritis.
• Improve the diagnosis of spondyloarthritis and reduce the amount of time a patient suffers with back pain before appropriate treatment.
• Determine the best treatment for a specific patient with spondyloarthritis and improve delivery of these medications in order to reduce morbidity.
• Ultimately, identify individuals at-risk for developing spondyloarthritis and prevent the disease.
Dr. Liron Caplan, MD, PhD is a rheumatologist and health services researcher focused on understanding the impact of spondyloarthritis on patients’ lives and optimizing spondyloarthritis medical practice. He served as senior author for the original (2015) and revised (2019) American College of Rheumatology axial spondyloarthritis treatment guidelines. He currently Chairs the SPondyloArthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)—the professional society to advance spondyloarthritis research and education in North America.
Dr. Kristi Kuhn, MD, PhD is a rheumatologist and immunologist investigating the underlying causes of spondyloarthritis, with the goal of identifying more effective treatments. She is a member of the SPARTAN Board of Directors and holds leadership positions within the American College of Rheumatology. Her research is supported by several research foundations and the National Institutes of Health.
Andrew Stahly, MPH is an biostatistical analyst and professional research assistant directing U.C.PAST’s Program for Individuals at Elevated Risk of Spondyloarthritis (PIERs). Ms. Stahly uses his academic concentration in epidemiology to guide many of U.C.PAST’s clinical project and performs analyses for some of the mechanistic studies. He leads the regulatory affairs for U.C.PAST.
Elizabeth Cheng, BS is a professional research assistant focusing on data management and data analysis. Ms. Cheng leads the organization of national repositories and biorepositories for U.C.PAST. She is based at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Adam Berlinberg, MD is a rheumatology research fellow in training