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Unlocking potential with 8 new arthritis research projects


Dr. Sindhu Johnson and Dr. Jordan MillerArthritis Society Canada is committed to unlocking the most powerful solutions to Canada’s most common chronic condition. Today, we announce the recipients of eight grants and awards that will help build careers and push boundaries in arthritis research.  

“One in five Canadians has arthritis, and by 2040 it will rise to 1 in 4. The time to transform how we understand, prevent and treat this disease is now,” says Dr. Siân Bevan, Chief Science Officer. “With these awards, we are investing in rising research stars and novel solutions to get ahead of arthritis and push for a future that is pain-free.”  

Dr. Prism Schneider and Dr. Matthew TeeterThe Stars Career Development Awards are designed to establish the careers of early and mid-career investigators and build a strong pipeline of research centred on osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, childhood arthritis, arthritis pain and arthritis at work. Together with the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR-IMHA), we are committing $1.8 million plus matching commitments from host institutes to four mid-career researchers: 

Dr. Sindhu Johnson, Mount Sinai Hospital ($450,000 over three years) 
Dr. Jordan Miller, Queen's University ($450,000 over three years) 
Dr. Prism Schneider, University of Calgary ($450,000 over three years) 
Dr. Matthew Teeter, Western University ($450,000 over three years) Dr. George Grammatopoulos and Dr. Jim Johnson

The Ignite Research Grants support the development and testing of transformative, paradigm-shifting projects that challenge our understanding of arthritis, how we confront and defeat it and how we manage and deliver leading-edge care. In addition to the 10 Ignite Research Grants announced in November 2022, four new grants will be awarded, for a total investment of nearly $1.4 million in high-risk, high-reward research led by exceptionally creative scientists, including: 
Dr. George Grammatopoulos, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute ($100,000 over two years)  
Dr. Susan Logue and Dr. Guangju ZhaiDr. Jim Johnson, Western University ($70,794 over two years) 
Dr. Susan Logue, University of Manitoba ($100,000 over two years) 
Dr. Guangju Zhai, Memorial University of Newfoundland ($80,000 over two years) 

Arthritis Society Canada is Canada’s largest charitable funder of cutting-edge arthritis research. Thanks to the generous support of donors who help fuel our mission, we invested $5.3 million in research last year alone. 


About Arthritis Society Canada 

Fueled by the trust and support of our donors and volunteers, Arthritis Society Canada is Canada’s national health charity fighting the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation, information and support. We represent the six million Canadians living with arthritis today, and the millions more who are impacted or at risk. Arthritis Society Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit  

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Katherine Janson 
Senior Director, Corporate Communications and Content 
416 882-5773 

Brigitte Fortin 
Directrice du marketing et des communications 
514 688-0533 

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