November 2015 - Impact Newsletter

The Arthritis Society Newsletter

Research Investments

This year we are investing $4.2 million toward arthritis research

These are tough times for health science funding in Canada, but we are working to help fill the gap when it comes to arthritis. In 2015, The Arthritis Society will fund 21 new research projects that are coming at inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis from many angles. This issue we’re shining a light on some of the incredible work under way thanks to your support.

Dr. Steven Boyd, University of Calgary, AB ‘The potential to change the field of osteoarthritis’

When Dr. Steven Boyd crashed while skiing at Lake Louise and tore his ACL, he wondered what would happen to his knee. That set in motion a newfound focus on preventing OA after an injury, and a new study that will use the world’s first high-resolution CT scanner to answer his original question.

Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan, University of Toronto, ON Reprogramming immune cells to halt osteoarthritis

Some immune cells create inflammation and some reduce it. A University of Toronto biologist is set to reprogram immune cells to a less inflammatory state and see if they can halt OA from advancing and kick-start the body’s natural repair process.

Dr. Zahi Touma, University Health Network, ON Investigating a major side effect of lupus 

As many as half of Dr. Zahi Touma’s lupus patients complain of attention problems, short memory, difficulty concentrating, and other signs of cognitive impairment (CI). He will research the best screening tool and diagnostic test for CI to help find answers for Canadians whose quality of life is slipping.

University of Western Ontario, ON There’s this one protein in our cartilage…. 

The author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles has his sights set on a protein found in cartilage. Dr. Frank Beier and his team already know it is implicated in osteoarthritis. Now, if we remove the “PPARdelta” protein entirely, will the joint be protected from damage? If so, a new treatment idea will be born.

SEB Survey SURVEY: Inflammatory arthritis and subsequent-entry biologics

Have inflammatory arthritis (IA) or caring for someone with IA?  Please take our confidential and anonymous survey. Your response will help us develop related educational materials for people living with arthritis and their loved ones.

Ease of Use Duracell, Safe Step renew commitment to arthritis 

Our Ease of Use program encourages manufacturers to design products and packaging that are easy to use for people living with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is pleased to renew the Ease of Use accreditation for Duracell EasyTab batteries for hearing aids as well as Safe Step Tubs, whose walk-in tub helps people with limited mobility keep their independence at home.

A small gesture can make a big difference. We can erase the pain of arthritis together and help millions of people in the process.

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