The Arthritis Society Partners With Concordia’s Perform Centre

April 7, 2015 | Diane De Bonville

On April 16th, from 5 p. m. to 8 p. m, The Arthritis Society and Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre will officially partner with a reception at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the PERFORM Centre and bid on works by artist George Russell.

The Arthritis Society and the PERFORM Centre share a common mission: to prevent and treat chronic illness through lifestyle changes, including fitness and nutrition. PERFORM is, first and foremost, a research platform with state-of-the-art facilities, the finest expertise and an approach that makes it a hub of innovation and collaboration.

“We look at prevention through an interdisciplinary lens that combines the research strengths of several of Concordia’s faculties. PERFORM unites scientists, students and the public to discover and test new ways of thinking about disease prevention and making better health choices. We act as a bridge between the medical and fitness communities and offer a personalized approach for a healthier life,” says Dr. Louis Bherer, the Centre’s scientific director. PERFORM’s certified health professionals and physical activity program offer training, therapy and education through community programming as well as an Athletic Therapy Clinic.

For The Arthritis Society, rheumatologists and other health professionals, PERFORM is a resource to direct those who live with this too-often debilitating disease and for whom being physically active is crucially important. Similarly, understanding the impact of nutrition on inflammation can be an enormous help in the management of chronic pain. The opportunity to take part in research is an added bonus. The Society already funds the research of Dr. Shawn Robbins, who uses PERFORM’s facilities.

George E. Russell, an artist and retired art teacher from Laval, has supported The Arthritis Society for many years and generously offered his works for sale for the benefit of The Arthritis Society. « This is an opportunity to discover a relatively unknown, but very accomplished artist, and contribute to The Arthritis Society,” says gallery owner Alan Klinkhoff, who is helping to promote the initiative. A former curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Yolande Racine says that George Russell’s work bears affinity with the rich period of the Plasticiens of Montreal, from the 50s and 60s. Visit to see George Russell’s works. Without a doubt, there is Art in Arthritis!


The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing nearly $190 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information and to make a donation, visit

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For further information contact :

Diane De Bonville
Communications Manager
The Arthritis Society - Quebec Division
1 800.321.1433, ext. 2433