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:

Technology-enabled Joint Protection to Enhance Hand Function in Osteoarthritis

November 1, 2016 — Joy MacDermid

Hand-osteoarthritis (H-OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis and chronic disease impacting Canadians.

The Interplay between Joint and Tissue Mechanics in Patients with Osteoarthritis

November 1, 2016 — Emily McWalter

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects 13% of Canadians and leads to pain and loss of mobility.

Characterization of Modifiable Factors that Compound the Risk for Osteoarthritis after Youth Sport-Related Knee Injury

November 1, 2016 — Jackie Whittaker

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the fastest growing health problems facing Canadians. Research has shown that OA does respond well to prevention and early treatment, but there is gaps in knowledge about modifiable factors that contribute to the disease and its progression.

Aerobic Exercise for Knee Osteoarthritis Derived from Biomechanics & Quantitative MRI

November 1, 2016 — Anthony Gatti

Regular physical activity can help manage the pain and progression of OA as effectively as medication while combating obesity, a modifiable factor implicated in the initiation and worsening of knee OA.

Understanding the pathogenic role of Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor in a murine model of spondyloarthritis

November 1, 2016 — Vidya Ranganathan

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis affecting people during early adulthood that causes stiffness and back pain.

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.

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...

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. 

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.

Examining how physical therapists can help early intervention of osteoarthritis

September 29, 2015 — Crystal MacKay

Physical therapists are trained in musculoskeletal skills and can play an important role in supporting prevention and early intervention. Yet little is known about perceptions and practices in the profession, ways to enhance their role so they can support osteoarthritis preve...

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