McCaig Institute and The Arthritis Society team up this fall

September 1, 2017

Worlds collide this fall when the prestigious Wood Forum and the popular Joint Health Symposium take place on the same day in Calgary.

The Wood Forum, presented by the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, is a morning forum with a focus on treatments for shoulder and elbow conditions.  It will be held Saturday, October 28 in conjunction with The Arthritis Society’s 2017 Joint Health Symposium, an afternoon forum featuring a roster of arthritis experts discussing arthritis management for better health and well-being.  

Special guests include former CFL Calgary Stampeder running back Jon Cornish, and former NHL Calgary Flame defenceman Rhett Warrener.

Admission is free with lunch for full-day attendees. 

The event marks the first time the two organizations have collaborated in this way to bring their public education events together.  

“The McCaig Institute and The Arthritis Society have always been partners working towards a common goal.  We are excited to combine our events this year and offer Calgarians a full day of education about living with arthritis and bone and joint injuries and living with arthritis,” says James Tomasson, program and events coordinator for the McCaig Institute.”

The McCaig originated in 1984 at the University of Calgary as a small research group.  By 2008, a generous gift from the late Calgary businessman and philanthropist, Bud McCaig, led to the formation of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health.  Today, scientists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, radiologists, kinesiologists and biomedical engineers conduct research on bone and joint diseases affecting more than six million Canadians.  

It advocates for cause and progression, the development of personalized treatments, the prevention of bone and joint conditions and improvement of health care delivery in Alberta.  

“This is a unique opportunity for patients, researchers and medical professionals to learn about current research at McCaig and then to share their experience managing arthritis,” says Shirley Philips, executive director of The Society’s Prairie Division.

“We invite people to come for the entire day because there will be so much expertise in the room and so much to learn about managing arthritis.  The future is very exciting.”

The Wood Forum and 2017 Arthritis Symposium will be held at the Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, Oct. 28.  Space is limited to 400 participants with pre-registration required at