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Four new research grants funded

Thanks to generous donor support, the Arthritis Society is able to invest in additional research to help improve the lives of people living with arthritis.   

In addition to the eight awards announced earlier this year, the Arthritis Society is pleased to announce it will be funding four additional research projects this year. These projects were identified as highly promising projects during the Arthritis Society’s review competition late last year. This gold-standard review process draws on the input of scientists, clinicians and patients.   

“Funding promising research is a priority for the Arthritis Society, so we’re excited to be able to support these additional projects,” says Dr. Siân Bevan, Chief Science Officer. “More researchers working to find new ways to treat and diagnosis arthritis is good news for the six million Canadians living with Canada’s most common chronic illness.”    

Today’s research investments bring the Arthritis Society’s total investment in research this year to almost $4 million. 

Here’s the list of new awards: 

Strategic Operating Grants: Funding for projects that have great potential for improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of arthritis.  

Dr. Lauren Beaupre, University of Alberta:  Testing the effectiveness of new smartphone technology that allows physiotherapists in urban centres to treat rural residents in their own homes. 

Dr. Hassan Fahmi, Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal: Studying the molecular mechanisms behind the development of osteoarthritis (OA), with a particular focus on an enzyme that may help protect OA from developing.   

Dr. Zahi Touma, University Health Network: Identifying lupus patients with a high risk of cognitive impairment to help enhance the management of the disease and slow its progression.  

Stars Career Development Award: Funding to help establish the careers of early-career investigators. 

Dr. Antoine Dufour, University of Calgary: Exploring a new way to increase joint lubrication by decreasing cartilage destruction for people with osteoarthritis. 

 Visit the research section of our website to learn more about these exciting new projects.

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