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Arthritis Centres

Arthritis Centres

Supporting  Arthritis Centres across Canada

Arthritis Centres are the rheumatology division of the department of medicine in Canadian universities, including accredited pediatric rheumatology centres.

For over 30 years, the Arthritis Society has provided annual funding to Arthritis Centres across Canada. As centres of clinical expertise, research and education, their role in the Canadian health care environment is to help ensure that more Canadians with arthritis receive better care.

Through these funding commitments to Arthritis Centres, the Arthritis Society continues to supplement and leverage resources at medical schools and increases the profile of arthritis within universities. The Arthritis Centre grants support Arthritis Centres in providing exemplary patient care, high standards of graduate and undergraduate teaching, and excellent opportunities for clinical and basic research.

Current funding recipients (2017/18) of $15,000 for a term of one year are:

  • McMaster University
  • SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto
  • Research Institute of MUHC, McGill University
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Calgary
  • Dalhousie University
  • CHU de Quebec, Université Laval
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Alberta

Arthritis Centre grants support Centres that align with one or more of the following goals:   

  1. Increasing the number of Rheumatologists

  • Encourage students, residents and other health care professionals (physiotherapists) to consider specialization in rheumatology
  • Increase awareness about the field of rheumatology
  1. Improving Models of Care

  • Offer more community-based services such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation & home support to help patients suffering from arthritic pain
  • Further training of health-care professionals to better understand patient needs
  • Improve quality of care provided to patients living in rural areas & remove any health disparities that may exist
  • Reduce wait times to see a rheumatologist 
  1. Supporting Arthritis Research 

  • Research that aims to find the cure and/or cause of arthritis
  • Perform studies to develop better treatment options
  • Collaborate with academic centers to provide preliminary data for other research studies