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Arthritis Society announces 18 new research projects

From looking at immigrants’ experiences with joint replacement surgery, to empowering youth with inflammatory arthritis, to improving osteoarthritis care for Canadian women, the Arthritis Society’s newly funded research projects cover a wide range of topics. 

Dr. Stirling Bryan of the University of British Columbia is one 14 researchers who will be receiving a Strategic Operating Grant (SOG). His research addresses how best to support exercise after joint replacement among people of South Asian origin.  He will be co-designing and testing an exercise program with the people who will actually benefit from it. 

The 14 SOGs announced today is almost double the number of awards announced last year, which demonstrates the Arthritis Society’s commitment to increased investments in research to accelerate our impact on fighting arthritis in all its many forms. In addition, four Stars Career Development Awards for early career scientists were also announced today, for a total investment of more than $5 million over the course of the grants.  

 “We had an amazingly strong group of applicants this year and we’re pleased to be able to fund 18 projects that will lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis – and one day a cure. Our push to extinguish the fire of arthritis means investing in even more projects that will improve the lives of the six million Canadians living with arthritis, so we’re proud to support these talented researchers,” said Dr. Siân Bevan, Chief Science Officer at the Arthritis Society. 

The Arthritis Society is Canada’s largest charitable funder of cutting-edge arthritis research. Investments in research would not be possible without the generous support of donors who help fuel our mission. 

Dr. Marc Pouliot, who is working on a new way to block joint damage in inflammatory arthritis, expressed his gratitude to the donors who make these grants and awards possible.   

“This support happens in a very timely manner as we are currently working on a line of research that I consider to be among the most exciting ones in my last 20 years as a researcher; one that will hopefully lead to new therapeutic options for patients with inflammatory arthritis,” he said.  

For a full list of the Strategic Operating Grant and Stars Career Development Awards recipients and their projects across the country, visit our Research page

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