Researchers in BC, Canada and around the world are making daily advances on arthritis prevention, causes, treatments and care.

Research Organizations

There are many organizations in Canada and British Columbia who do traditional research in the laboratory and translational research with arthritis patients, and look at how we provide counselling and support and clinical trials, in which patients have the option to try new therapies.

Here are links to research being conducted in Canada:

Arthritis Research Canada

Arthritis Research Canada has earned international attention as a leading arthritis research environment. Arthritis Research Canada is building a strong multi-disciplinary research team of outstanding medical doctors and research scientists, and willingly collaborates with medical professionals around the world. With facilities in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, Arthritis Research Canada is dedicated to understanding, advancing and sharing knowledge about the causes of arthritis, and addressing issues that are impacting people with arthritis right now.

BC Children’s Hospital

Research in rheumatology is an integral part of BC Children’s Hospital’s clinical and academic mission. The members of the division are active collaborators in a variety of Canadian, North American, and international pediatric rheumatology research groups.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

As Canada’s health research investment agency, Canadian Institutes of Health Research collaborates with partners and researchers to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS)

The Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences is a group of experienced health outcomes researchers based at St. Paul’s Hospital. CHÉOS investigators evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions in populations to understand how to improve health and transform health systems for the future.

Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)

The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis is the hub for strategic initiatives in musculoskeletal, skin and oral health research in Canada. IMHA’s mandate is to support ethical and impactful research to enhance active living, mobility and movement, and oral health; and addresses causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth.

Lupus Canada

The Lupus Canada Catalyst Grant Program was launched to support high calibre start-up projects that have the potential to significantly advance the field or impact the lives of persons living with lupus and their families. This grant provides support to investigators to initiate new research ideas and projects and is intended to complement rather than compete with traditional sources of funding such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Our hope is that investigators who receive an LC grant will have greater success in obtaining larger multiyear grants from traditional funders.

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society is the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing more than $190 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. Investments also support the recruitment and development of rheumatology clinicians, investigators and other health professionals, expanding the capacity of arthritis-related expertise available to support Canadians.

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is one of Canada’s top-funded health research institutes. Its researchers represent a multitude of health disciplines, research backgrounds and clinical occupations whose research discoveries have improved quality of life and changed how health care is delivered and received.

Participate in Research

During your arthritis care you may receive standard treatment or be asked to participate in a research study or clinical trial. As part of a national or international patient group, you may have the opportunity to participate in studies that will provide information about the effectiveness of new arthritis treatments or healthcare services improvement. If your physician believes that any of the studies would be suitable for your particular arthritis you will receive all of the information and be asked to give informed consent to enter the study, should you so choose.

Participation in research

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