Board Members

At The Inflammation Foundation, we have a diverse board to help direct our work in the most impactful way possible. Our members include a patient with inflammatory disease, a translational research scientist specializing in immunology, a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of inflammation in the field of rheumatology, a pharmacist, and a health and wellness advocate with a certification in Tai Chi for arthritis. All are experts in their representative area and use their experience to guide our foundation in reaching its goals.  

Nicholas Young, PhD


Nicholas Young, PhD– Nicholas initially developed and established The Inflammation Foundation 501(c)(3) as a non-profit source of research support. Currently, the organization provides support for his research initiatives, the research of other chosen proposals, and community initiatives that will improve the lives of patients suffering from inflammatory diseases. Dr. Young is a research scientist in the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Here, he has a role in both management/direction and at the bench in projects associated with myositis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, cancer immunology, and exercise science. His collaborative work in this laboratory has shown a bench-to-bedside scope of research starting with basic scientific discovery, moving to animal models, performing preclinical validation, and advancing to human clinical trials. To date, his research has translated into clinical trials for a patented anti-inflammatory drug and a novel diagnostic imaging drug for rheumatoid arthritis as well as pilot studies to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of moderate exercise in lupus patients and to develop a novel animal model associated with breast cancer. In addition, he is the primary inventor on a provisionally patented novel therapeutic agent in autoimmune disease, which is currently being developed further in his lab. 

Online Professional Profiles



Matthew Young, RPh


Matthew Young, RPh – Matt is a registered pharmacist currently working as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist at the Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer Hospital, which is a pediatric / new mother and neonate two hospital system. He was a pharmacy manager in retail previously, but made the transition to his current role in 2012. His professional experience includes working and communicating with a team of pharmacists, clinicians, doctors, and nurses to provide patient care in an inpatient, dual hospital system. 

Publications made through his work with The Inflammation Foundation 

1. Aqel, S.I., Hampton, J.M., Bruss, M., Jones, K.T., Valiente, G.R., Wu, L.C., Young, M.C., Willis, W.L., Ardoin, S., Agarwal, S., et al. (2017). Daily Moderate Exercise Is Beneficial and Social Stress Is Detrimental to Disease Pathology in Murine Lupus Nephritis. Frontiers in physiology 8, 236.

2. Sharma, J., Hampton, J.M., Valiente, G.R., Wada, T., Steigelman, H., Young, M.C., Spurbeck, R.R., Blazek, A.D., Bosh, S., Jarjour, W.N., et al. (2017). Therapeutic Development of Mesenchymal Stem Cells or Their Extracellular Vesicles to Inhibit Autoimmune-Mediated Inflammatory Processes in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Frontiers in immunology 8, 526.

Juliette Yedimenko, MD


Juliette Yedimenko, MD – Juliette was born in Ukraine and raised in sunny Cleveland, OH.  She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2015, and completed internal medicine residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  She is pursuing Rheumatology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in the summer of 2018.  Juliette is an avid ballroom dancer and fitness enthusiast.  Her dream is to combine her passion for dance and fitness to create therapeutic exercise programs for rheumatologic disease.  Her research areas of interest include the immunomodulatory properties of exercise and diet as well as effective doctor-patient communication and shared decision-making.  Juliette has presented research locally and nationally.  She always strives to meet the individualized needs of her patients and improve care!

Lucy Bartimole


Lucy Bartimole – Lucy is a health and wellness expert/advocate and the managing partner of Shift Movement Art Studio. She has collaborated with Ohio State Researchers on projects using tai chi to promote fall prevention in elderly patients and to reduce inflammation in patients with lupus. She has been teaching tai chi for over 15 years, previously won a gold medal for Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi, and holds a certification in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Health. 

Juliette Moore


Juliette Moore – Juliette is a certified tai chi for balance instructor who lives with lupus. She uses this form of tai chi to help bring balance and ease into her life. She is a talented practitioner of tai chi and a gentle, caring voice for those who live with lupus or other inflammatory diseases.