All Funded Projects

The Arthritis Society funds only the best, most scientifically meritorious research proposals in pursuit of its overall goals of improving the care and management of arthritis, improving our understanding of the causes of arthritis, and ultimately finding a cure. 

Here are summaries of the Canadian research projects that are funded by The Arthritis Society in 2015-16.

Funded Projects:

Properties of synthesized fluids for joint lubrication

Properties of synthesized fluids for joint lubrication

September 20, 2016 — Jimmy Faivre

Building a better synthetic may offer relief for millions of Canadians living with knee or hip pain.

Link between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease

Link between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease

September 20, 2016 — Dr. Lihi Eder

People with psoriatic disease are at 40% greater risk of developing heart disease – this study aims to understand why so that we can improve care.

Patient-centric approach to treatment selection for RA

Patient-centric approach to treatment selection for RA

September 20, 2016 — Dr. Glen Hazlewood

Can greater alignment of patient and physician expectations around outcomes for treatment result in better care?

Can immune changes help predict systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease?

September 29, 2015 — Dr. Joan Wither

Here we will assess immune changes in potential systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD).patients over time to see if they may accurately predict the disease – with a view to defining potential treatments to delay the disease or prevent it entirely. 

How deformity and activity could cause or worsen hip osteoarthritis

September 29, 2015 — Dr. David Wilson

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is common and disabling, often caused by bony deformities in the joint. It is not clear, though, what size a deformity has to be to cause problems at the hip. We also don’t know whether certain activities could be harmful to people with these deformitie...

Decision support for children with arthritis and their parents regarding pain relief options

September 29, 2015 — Dr. Karine Toupin-April

We intend to develop an intervention tool, which will include an electronic decision aid and decision coaching intervention, to help teenagers with arthritis and their parents make informed decisions about pain relief treatments. 

Reprogramming immune cells to reverse osteoarthritis

September 29, 2015 — Dr. Sowmya Viswanathan

We will reprogram the immune cells to a less inflammatory state, and pump more of them into a sample of cartilage with osteoarthritis to see if it stops further degeneration. 

Investigating cognitive impairment in people with lupus

September 29, 2015 — Dr. Zahi Touma

This study will identify and validate the ideal screening test(s) and diagnostic test(s) for assessing cognitive impairment in the lupus clinic, and identify new blood markers for this as well.

​Power of the patient: exploring patient-centered care within multidisciplinary inflammatory arthritis teams

September 29, 2015 — Dr. Laura Nimmon

Our team will research how inflammatory arthritis healthcare teams (including patients, caregivers and health professionals) negotiate power around the decision making process.

Reprogramming immune cells to control inflammation and stop cartilage degradation

September 29, 2015 — Alejandro Gomez-Aristizaba

We will investigate the use of immune cells (cells of the immune system) that are specifically associated with osteoarthritis (OA) inflammation. Some immune cells promote further inflammation and others restore the system to a less inflammatory state.

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