FORWARD—The National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases is the largest patient-reported research data bank for rheumatic disorders in the United States. We report to the rheumatology community in peer-reviewed journals and at the major scientific conferences. 


Simply put, FORWARD is our organization’s core mission over the last 20 years—to advance research and discovery in Rheumatology and beyond through human connection and deep insight.

Studies have shown that patients who enroll in a registry live longer than those who don’t. This is what drives us. It is why we want to continue growing our databank and research, learning from the past to understand the future and to provide hope that one day, we can find a cure and enjoy a life free of pain.

How Can I Get Involved?
You are invited to join us in our work, either as a person with a rheumatic disorder, or as a physician or researcher who wants to help and use our data bank and research services, including data collection tools and database support.

By rheumatic conditions, we mean rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), fibromyalgia, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyositis, low back pain, tendonitis, and many other problems- anything that you would see a rheumatologist or joint specialist about. The FORWARD project collects data on rheumatic conditions directly from persons who have these problems. The goals of the project are to advance knowledge about the causes, outcomes, costs, treatments, and results of treatments related to rheumatic conditions.


Contact Information

Email: webquest@ndb.org

Phone: 316.263.2125, 800.323.5871
Fax: 316.263.0761

1035 N. Emporia
Suite 288
Wichita, KS 67214


Copyright Information

All information, documents and questionnaires on this website are the property of FORWARD—The National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases.


Online Privacy Information

FORWARD is committed to respecting privacy. We do not share your email addresses with anyone. We do not give away or sell any personally identifiable information.


Purpose of this website

This website is intended to educate interested people about the research activities of FORWARD, and to allow physicians and people with rheumatic diseases to participate in FORWARD studies. There is absolutely no cost to join. All information within the FORWARD web site, including links away from this site, is for educational purposes only. Nothing presented here should be taken to be medical advice. You are encouraged to speak with your doctor about any questions you have about your care. FORWARD is not allowed to give medical advice. No endorsement of any treatment is intended.

This website does not display or accept any advertising.

FORWARD, a non-profit organization, receives funding from a variety of sources. Particular funding sources are explained in the individual articles and abstracts.