About RheumaCura


  • Improves the care of people affected by rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases by supporting scientific research. Read more...

  • Believes that the knowledge and experiences of those affected by these diseases should be integrated into research efforts. Read more...

  • Raises awareness and informs patients and the public about research, new treatments, and knowledge about how to best manage disease. Read more...

  • Works cooperatively and transparently with other stakeholders.

  • A non-profit, tax-exempted Swiss foundation led by volunteers. Read more...


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The story behind RheumaCura


The story behind RheumaCura began on the summit of Switzerland’s highest mountain, the Dufourspitze, which is in the Monte Rosa massif bordering Italy and Switzerland. RheumaCura President, Judith Safford, tells the story of how she got there in her TED talk of 2017. Read more...

Vision and mission

Our vision

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases can be prevented and cured.


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Our mission

To promote scientific research into rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, by:


  • Involving patients by using their knowledge and experience to improve research;

  • Fundraising and allocating of research grants to advance prevention, diagnosis and curative treatments;

  • Informing and collaborating with other stakeholders and affected citizens to spread knowledge about research developments.

The community

Guiding principles

  • We are conscious of the fact that rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases cause great suffering world-wide.

  • We are convinced that scientific research can find better treatment, prevention and cures.

  • Our goal is to increase the understanding of these diseases, by including the knowledge and experience of patients.

RheumaCura is a Swiss foundation with charitable status: working without personal gain for the benefit of the public good.


  • We are an independent organisation: without political, religious or ideological orientation, or influence by special interest groups, which would compromise our guiding principles.

  • We strive to be a listening and learning organisation: committed to improvement, innovation and openness to new ideas.

  • Our work shall benefit people directly or indirectly affected by rheumatic diseases: regardless of age, origin, language, religion, culture and socio-political convictions.

  • We wish to contribute to the Swiss and international research community both in the public and private sectors: working to better treat, prevent and cure rheumatic diseases.


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We are commitment to evidence-based science. We work with partners and other stakeholders in a cooperative manner, upholding values of integrity, transparency, and the respect of individual privacy.

  • We are trustworthy and reliable accountable in our interactions with stakeholders, within our team and in the use of the funds entrusted to us.

  • We are an effective and efficient organisation ensuring that our decisions are informed, rigorous and timely.

  • We are guided by the Swiss Foundation Code