Dr. Bridges is the Anna Lois Waters Professor and Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology and the Director of the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. He is an internationally recognized investigator in arthritis, rheumatology, and immunology who has a strong record of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. He also has extensive experience leading large-scale projects across the translational spectrum: as the Principal Investigator and Director of P60AR064172, as a multiple principal investigator and the Director of P50AR060772, and as the Associate Director of P30AR48311. Dr. Bridges is also the Chair of the American College of Rheumatology’s Committee on Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the Rheumatology Research Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation’s Scientific Discovery Advisory Committee. He has long-standing experience with multicenter clinical trials (e.g., the Treatment of Early Aggressive Rheumatoid Arthritis [TEAR] Trial). As the Associate Director of the NIH-funded Rheumatic Diseases Cores Center, he leads the Pilot and Feasibility Program to develop junior investigators and attract senior researchers not previously involved in research on rheumatic diseases. Dr. Bridges serves as a key member of the Executive Committee and as the Pilot Component Director for the REACT project.