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Arthritis Talks:
Road to a Cure


Road to a Cure

A webinar about understanding arthritis research and what advancements in arthritis treatment and care to expect in the next 10 years.

Date: Wed., Sept. 30  •  Time: 6 p.m. ET  •  Location: Online webinar

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Join the Arthritis Society and a panel of arthritis experts including Dr. Diane Lacaille, Dr. Paul Fortin and Dr. Hance Clarke for Arthritis Talks: Road to a Cure. This webinar will answer your questions about arthritis research, why certain research projects are chosen over others, why it often takes time to see results, why research costs as much as it does and what our expert panel is optimistic about on the horizon. Dr. Fortin will also provide an update on his exciting COVID-19 research project.

The webinar will help you learn:

  • The most important arthritis research advancements for arthritis patients
  • How long it takes to develop new treatments
  • Research on medical cannabis and its potential as an arthritis treatment
  • Research on COVID-19 and its effect on people with arthritis
  • Future treatments to expect over the next 10 yrs.
  • and more...

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  • Event Details - Webinar times across Canada

    Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020


    • Pacific Time – 3 to 4 p.m.
    • Mountain Time – 4 to 5 p.m.
    • Central Time – 5 to 6 p.m.
    • Eastern Time – 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Atlantic Time – 7 to 8 p.m.
    • Newfoundland Time – 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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What participants say about Arthritis Talks...

★  1  ★ Thank you for another TOP NOTCH session. You are really showing the value of the Arthritis Society.
★  2  ★ I found this webinar presentation VERY informative & am so glad to be able to watch & hear the Rheumatologists. thank you so much!
★  3  ★ I thought the session was excellent and very professional. I am really impressed with the Arthritis Society, their information and both webinars I have well as the website which I refer to often and recommend to others.

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Dr. Diane Lacaille

Diane LacailleDiane Lacaille is the Scientific Director and Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada; as well as a Professor, Division of Rheumatology, and Associate Head of Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She has a rheumatology practice in Richmond, BC. She holds the Mary Pack Chair in Rheumatology Research from UBC and The Arthritis Society of Canada. She completed medical school and internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, and her Rheumatology training and a Master’s in Health Sciences, clinical epidemiology, at the University of British Columbia.

Her research focuses on two areas: 1) Studying the impact of arthritis on employment and preventing work disability. To that effect, she has developed Making-it-WorkTM, an online program helping people with arthritis deal with employment issues. 2) Evaluating the quality of health care services received by people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), developing and testing interventions to improve quality of care, and conducting pharmaco-epidemiology studies, using administrative health data for the province of BC. Her research has been supported by peer reviewed grants from the Canadian Institute for Health and Research, the Canadian Arthritis Network, The Arthritis Society of Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association. She was awarded the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association in 2019, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for her research contributions.

Dr. Hance Clarke Hance Clarke
  • Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
    • Anesthesiologist 
    • Director Pain Services
    • Director Good Hope Ehlers Danlos Clinic
    • Medical Director of The Pain Research Unit
    • Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management
  • Co-Chair Knowledge Translation, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain
  • Co-Lead, Centre for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University Health Network
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto
Dr. Paul Fortin

Paul FortinDr. Paul R. Fortin is Full Professor with tenure at Université Laval and Clinical Researcher at the “Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec – Université Laval” since 2011. In July 2012, he received a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases that was renewed in July 2019. He obtained his medical degree from Université Laval and graduated from McGill University in Rheumatology. He obtained a master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and completed a three-year fellowship at the Robert Breck Brigham Multi-Purpose Arthritis Center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He returned as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University between 1992 and 2000. Dr. Fortin joined the Toronto Western Division/University Health Network and Research Institute in 2000 as a Clinician Scientist and as the Director of Clinical Research for the Arthritis Centre of Excellence. He became Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2007 and held cross-appointments as staff at the Hospital for Sick Children and as Associate Professor at the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Fortin has been working on a better understanding of the bio-psycho-social impact of chronic rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD), osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. He is particularly interested in developing interventions for the treatment of SLE, APS and SARD.

Dr Fortin received the CRA Young Investigator award in 1999, the Kirkland Scholar Award in 2008, and he was given the prestigious Distinguished Senior Research Investigator Award from The Arthritis Society (2007–2012). In 2010, he received the Hope Award from the Lupus Ontario to recognize his outstanding leadership in improving the lives of people with lupus. In 2015, he received the Jeffrey Shiroky Research Award for his accomplishments in clinical research in rheumatology and in 2020, the CRA Distinguished Investigator Award.

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We thank the following for their support of this Arthritis Talks webinar.

United Way Winnipeg

Province of British Columbia

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